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December 2007

 

Volume 22 NO. 249 MONDAY DECEMBER 31ST, 2007

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Jeff Stewart Resigns: Liberty High School Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Jeff Stewart has resigned, effective at the end of his current two-year contract in June. Liberty school trustees did not extend the Dayton native’s contract in 2006, but Jeff Stewart stayed through the life of his agreement. He became head coach in 1996 and is the second-longest tenured coach ever at LHS with the third-most wins.

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Armed Robbery: An armed gunman, with accomplice, took an undisclosed amount of cash from Cindy’s Game Room on US 59 near Cleveland. The duo held up the business at gun-point late Saturday night. Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Michelle Deshotel said a man put a gun to the head of a woman employee and the customers were ordered to the floor. The robbers fled. A description was given on a car that was later stopped at the Cleveland Wal-Mart but determined to not be the suspects. The robbers remain at-large. Call LCSO at 336-4500 with info.

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Blood Drives: Movie Gallery and Life Share Blood Centers are teaming up with the Hardin Lions Club to encourage blood and platelet donations during the next six weeks. All those who donate through Life Share between now and February 19th will get up to four tickets to see a movie at the Liberty Center on Feb. 22nd. The next Liberty County Blood Drive is from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Dayton Financial Center. For more information, call 936-298-2689.

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1st Presbyterian: Services were held for the last time at 1st Presbyterian Church in Liberty yesterday. The church was founded with 37 charter members in 1952, but according to Pastor Michael Sydnor, membership has dwindled to unsustainable numbers and plans are to sell the church building.

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Holiday Reminder: The Liberty County Courthouse, all city offices in Liberty and Dayton, as well as all banks and post offices are closed tomorrow for New Year’s Day. There’s no garbage service in Liberty or Dayton tomorrow.

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Funerals: Gussie Carolyn Weber, 66, Dayton, Graveside 10 am today at Magnolia Park Cemetery ** Margie Jane Wurz-83, Dayton. Service Wed. 12:30 Palms Memorial. Park-Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.17 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 248 FRIDAY DECEMBER 28TH, 2007

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Fugitive Arrested: Liberty Police received several calls yesterday about an armed man at the Subway Restaurant on North Main Street. The man turned out to be a wanted fugitive. Jesse Pilgreen, 31, was convicted of sexually assaulting a girl between 14 and 17 years old in Iowa in 1998, but he reportedly walked away from a halfway house two years ago. The “gun” turned out to be a rubber-pellet gun the man had been pointing playfully at his cousin. Local charges against Pilgreen include failing to identify himself as a fugitive, possession of marijuana and warrant charges from both Liberty County and Iowa.

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Filing Deadline: Wednesday January 2nd is the deadline to file to run for office in the March Democratic or Republican Primary Elections. To date, there are no contested races on the Republican Ballot and only four on the Democratic Ballot. They are between Mark Beausoleil and Tommy Chambers for County Attorney, Precinct #3 Constable Danny Frankum and Challenger James Cooper, and Precinct #6 Constable Royce Wheeler has two opponents. They are John Joslin and John “J.D.” Davis. Finally, Murrie Gene Kinney Jr. is challenging Nancy Archer for a new term as Liberty County Democratic Party Chair.

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Parenting Classes: The Liberty County Extension Office is holding free parenting class for those who are interested as well as those court ordered to participate. Classes will be February 4th – February 6th from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register for Project Life Workshop Parenting Classes by January 31st. Call the Extension Service at 936-336-4558, Ext. 221.

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Holiday Closings: The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty and Dayton will be closed Tuesday in observance of the New Year’s Holiday. All offices will be open for their regular hours on Monday - New Year’s Eve. Garbage service will run as scheduled on Monday, but there is no trash pick-up on Tuesday. All banks and post offices will be closed on New Year’s Day only.

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Funerals: Millie Jenkie Richardson, 92, of Hankamer, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at John’s Chapel Baptist Church in Hankamer. ** Betty Jo Brown, 76, formerly of Hardin, Services at 11 a.m. today at the Liberty Church of Christ. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.17 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 247 thursday DECEMBER 27TH, 2007

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Hope for Education: Liberty High School has been awarded $60,000 in technology through an essay contest co-sponsored by Samsung and Microsoft. The winning Liberty entry was from LHS Teacher Bruce Wright. The high school will be able to pick items for its classrooms that include plasma and LCD high-definition televisions, digital camcorders, color printers, LCD computer monitors, ultra mobile PC’s and Microsoft software.

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Medical Transportation: Liberty County residents who do not have transportation to the Medical Center or Veterans Hospital in Houston can call the Veterans Services Office to learn more about free buses that go to those two medical facilities each Wednesday and Thursday. The program, partially funded by Liberty County, helps those who need the advanced medical treatment options at the larger facilities, yet do not have transportation. For information, call 936-336-4558 ext. 235.

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I-9 Form Change: The United States Department of Homeland Security has made changes to the “employment eligibility verification” form, commonly known as I-9. The new form removed five documents and added one as proof of identity and eligibility for employment. The new form went into effect yesterday for new hires, and any older form is now obsolete. The new forms are available for download at www.dhs.gov

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Fire: An early morning fire destroyed a room and its contents, and authorities believe it could have been started from Christmas tree lights. Moss Bluff Fire Chief John Wayne Wilson said the homeowner, Robin Frazer, was not home at the time of the blaze. Fire Chief Wilson said the fire remains under investigation, but the likely cause was faulty lights. One room was damaged, and the entire house received smoke damage.

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Post Christmas Precautions: Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Chip Fairchild reminds folks that setting out empty boxes that held holiday gifts for trash pick up is not a good idea. Putting those boxes out in plain sight lets criminals know what valuable items may be inside the home. Containers showing electronic items like computers, game systems, DVD players, televisions, etc. should be broken down or compacted and put out of sight in trash bags or cans for safety’s sake.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.17 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 246 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 26TH, 2007

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ATV Wrecks: DPS Corporal Sean Cheshire said two separate accidents on ATV’s sent two kids to Memorial Hermann Hospital by Life Flight Air Ambulance yesterday. The first, an ATV flipped over injuring one passenger, Cecilia West age 16. The parents of the driver, who was not hurt, were cited for allowing the 13-year-old girl to operate the ATV with out a safety certificate and outside of adult supervision. Ms. West’s injuries, though serious, are not thought to be life threatening. The second accident involved an 11-year-old boy, Jason Tucker and a dirt bike. He was also taken to the Houston hospital with possibly critical back injuries.

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Dayton ISD: The deadline for nominating a former professional employee of the Dayton School District for the “Wall of Fame” is February 1st. The “Wall of Fame” was established to honor special educators who have contributed mightily to the youth of the district. Nomination forms are available at all Dayton Campus offices and the administration building, as well as the district website, get there by going to ours www.kshn.com

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Social Security: David Bauman of the Beaumont Social Security Office said while direct deposit of social security benefits are safer, more than 50% of those who get benefits still receive paper checks. Those with no bank accounts can use electronic transfer accounts that have no minimum deposit amounts for the sole purpose of receiving benefits electronically. To find out more, call 409-924-6413 or 800-772-1213. You can also link to the social security web site from www.kshn.com. Click on the “local government link” on our front page.

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Top Students-Top Athletes: LHS Seniors Ethan Ballinger and Dante Winters have been named to the Texas High School Coaches Academic All-State Team. Ballinger- All District Center for the football team earned first team honors and offensive/defensive star Winters earned honorable mention recognition. Athletes earn points in several categories and must have a 92 or higher overall grade point average in 9th, 10th and 11th grades as well as the first six weeks of their senior years.

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Funerals: James E. Robinson, 79 of Hardin. Services will be Saturday at 2 PM at Pace Stancil Funeral Home Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.17 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 245 friday DECEMBER 21st, 2007

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Code Enforcement: The City of Liberty has hired Robbie Hood to fill a newly created position of Code Enforcement Officer. City Manager Ron Wood said the primary duties would be enforcing the city’s health and safety codes as well as educating the community. Robbie Hood has been on the job since Monday, and his family will be joining him after the holidays.

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Bikes for Christmas: Liberty County Bikes for Christmas will be distributing toys and bikes at the TVE fairgrounds this evening. All participants are asked to be there by 5:30 for free hot dogs. Volunteers are also needed, just show up!

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Poaching: Texas Game Wardens this month concluded an investigation that resulted in 247 criminal charges being leveled against 20 offenders. The suspects in the illegal hunting ring ranged in ages from 16 to 25 years old, with most charges for hunting deer at night, hunting from a public roadway, hunting during a closed season, hunting from a vehicle, and possession of illegally taken deer. Game wardens say, some of the animals killed were left because their antlers were not considered big enough for an apparent competition among participants.

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Holiday Closings: The city offices of both Liberty and Dayton will be closed Monday and Tuesday of next week as will the Liberty County Courthouse for the Christmas Holiday. Area banks will be closing early on Monday, and remain closed for Christmas Day. Trash pick up will not run on Tuesday only.

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Christmas Price Index: According to PNC Financial Group in Pittsburgh, Pa, the actual cost of items featured in the classic holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas” including repetitions will cost the gift giver this year, $78,100, an increase from 2006 of 4 %. That reflects buying in the traditional manner. Order off the Internet, and that price jumps. Merry Christmas! J

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Funerals: Carolyn St. Julian Gee, 47 of Liberty. Services will be tomorrow at noon at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.30 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 244 THURSDAY DECEMBER 20th, 2007

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LISD Enrollment: District Director for State and Federal Programs Margaret Gardzina told the Liberty School Board Tuesday night enrollment is down 1% from last year. Trustees were presented with an enrollment projection predicting an additional drop from 1.27% to 1.66% over the next five years. Since state funding is based on average daily attendance, such a drop could impact future decisions on staffing, budget and taxes.

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Otto on 146: State Representative John Otto said he’s working to get the project to widen Hwy 146 south of Dayton back into TxDot’s budget for next year. We reported that budget shortfalls caused highway projects across the state to be pulled and the 146 project has been delayed until late 2008 or early 2009. Otto said the portion of the project’s total $22 million price tag delayed from this fiscal year TxDot budget is about $12 million. That’s the section of 146 from US 90 in Dayton south to FM 1413.

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Wreck in river bottom: Liberty Police say 25-year-old Eric W. Castellow rear-ended another vehicle on Hwy 90 eastbound near the river bridge in Liberty Tuesday evening. The man allegedly sped away from the accident going west, but still in the eastbound lane, forcing several drivers off the roadway to avoid a head-on collision. The Porter man eventually wrecked his truck in the median between the east and west bound lanes. He was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Stop and Render Aid at an Accident.

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Bikes for Christmas: The Bikes for Christmas Program is giving away 1700 bikes, 440 tricycles and about 5500 toys to Liberty County kids tomorrow night starting at 6 p.m. at the TVE Fairgrounds. Event Co-Founder Mike Koen said while funds are still needed to help pay for the project, they believe enough donations will keep coming in to make up for the increased costs of toys and shipping this year. Those who have not pre-registered should call Liberty County EMS at 936-536-3080. All participants are asked to be at the fairgrounds around 5:30 p.m. tomorrow for free hot dogs. Volunteers are also needed to help with the event.

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Funerals: Martha Bailey Haberle, 92, of Liberty, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.73 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 243 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19th, 2007

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AP All State Hornets: Daniel Marsh and Jordan Nolan were both selected for the Associated Press Class 2A All State Team.

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Email Scam: Customers of Hull State Bank are being warned not to respond to an email scam. The email claims that Hull State Bank has temporarily suspended the recipient’s account, and asks the person to contact them to avoid permanent deletion of their account. This is an attempt by crooks to gain personal information and folks are being asked if they get such a communication call Hull State Bank, and the local police.

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Veterans Christmas Tree: The City of Liberty is inviting anyone and everyone to stop by city hall and pick up a yellow ribbon to place on the Christmas Tree honoring veterans on the east side of city hall. Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett said they would like to have so many yellow ribbons on the tree that no green shows. Ribbons are available inside city hall during normal business hours.

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Adopt A Pet Day: This Saturday, from 9 AM until 2 PM, the Liberty Animal Control Shelter will be open for an “Adopt a Pet” day. Folks will be at the shelter to help expedite the adoption process for over 20 puppies, many grown dogs, adult cats and a few kittens. Some of the choice puppies will also be at Medial Publishing, Main at Grand in Liberty on Saturday. For information on “Adopt a Pet” Day, call 336 5666.

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Friends in Deed: The local charitable group, Friends in Deed, has received a $15,000 gift from the annual Sonny Loftin Memorial Sporting Clay Tournament sponsored Liberty Golf Cars and owner Peanut Krenek. Friends in Deed Representative Linda Mann said they are thrilled with the generous donation and the money will be used to help needy students within the Liberty Independent School District.

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Chambers County Cookbook: The Wallisville Heritage Park has published a historical cookbook called “Memories Are made of This” with contributors from both Chambers and Liberty counties. The cookbook is being published in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Chambers County. To reserve a copy, call the Wallisville Heritage Park at 409-389-2252.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 15.50 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 242 TUESDAY DECEMBER 18th, 2007

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Liberty PD Grant: The Liberty City Council met in special session yesterday afternoon and approved a resolution supporting efforts by the Liberty Police Department to get an $8,647 grant state traffic enforcement grant. Police Chief Mike Cummings told council the funds would help his department step up enforcement of DWI laws during major holidays. The grant would cover expenses like overtime pay and added fuel costs.

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Bogany Bond Revoked: Officials with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said bond for former Liberty County lawman Gregory Bogany has been revoked after the 33-year-old apparently tried to make contact with the victim in the aggravated kidnapping and assault charges against him. Bogany was freed on bonds totaling $110,000 last week The former police officer is alleged to have kidnapped and assaulted Candis Robinson and attempting to contact her violated the terms of his release. Polk County Officials say Gregory Bogany was last seen driving a white, two-door vehicle. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to contact law enforcement in the area or call 9-1-1.

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Otto Files: John Otto has filed to run for a third term as District 18 State Representative for Liberty, Polk and a portion of Montgomery Counties. To date Otto is the only Republican to file for that office. Arlen Foster is, so far, the sole Democratic Candidate. Filing continues through January 2nd.

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MLK Event: The 10th Annual Liberty County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is set for January 19th at 1 p.m. at the Nottingham Elementary Auditorium. Guest speakers include State Representative Dr. Alma Allen, Baseball Hall of Famer Grover “Deacon” Jones and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes. Special recognition will go to the Dayton Broncos Football Team and Head Coach Jerry Stewart at the event. Awards will be given to five Liberty County citizens for their community service efforts. The DHS Choir and Band and the Liberty County Mass Choir will provide music. For more information, call 936-336-7393 or 336-6601.

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FUNERALS: Roy Dennis Cantrell, 69, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 14.06 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 241 monDAY DECEMBER 17th, 2007

Suicide: Saturday afternoon a dispute between a common-law couple ended when the man apparently shot himself to death. Sheriff’s department investigator Pete Vela said Francisco Pineda –29, pointed the gun at the woman first but it did not fire. Then he shot himself. An autopsy was ordered by JP Burl Thomas. The incident happened near Dayton off FM 1960.

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Sales Tax Deduction: Congressman Kevin Brady said the U. S. House of Representatives failed to pass legislation allowing Texans to continue to deduct state and local sales taxes from their federal returns. Brady said the tax break is estimated to save Texans $1.2 billion annually, and if it is not renewed, they as well as residents of six other states that have no state income tax will be unable to deduct sales taxes from their 2008 returns.

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Dream Season Ends: Dayton Broncos’ incredible football season ended Friday night at Kyle Field in College Station, just one game away from a State Championship match up. Dayton lost their state semi-final game to Austin Lake Travis, 49 to 13.

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Voter Registration: New voter cards are in the mail. Liberty Co.Tax Assessor/Collector Mark McClelland estimated 7,000 of those 30,000 mailed will come back with bad addresses. If you don’t get a new registration card by Jan. call the Tax Office.

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BBB Scam Warning: The Better Business Bureau’s Debbie Bridgeman reminds shoppers to be wary of scams when buying gift cards this holiday season. Buy gift cards directly from reputable retailers, not on-line and, if possible, not off a store display rack. Examine cards for signs of tampering and ask cashiers to scan the card immediately to be sure it is valid. Always keep purchase receipts for gift cards you bought.

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Dayton Chamber Banquet: 7th Ann. Dayton Chamber Banquet is Jan. 31st at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High features Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s. For info call 936-257-2393.

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69, Dayton, Serv. @10 Tues. Sterling Funeral Home-Dayton**

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Volume 22 NO. 240 FRIDAY DECEMBER 14th, 2007

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146 Widening on Hold: District Manager for Beaumont TxDot office John Barton said unanticipated cost increases, less federal funding to states for road construction as well as less money from the state gas tax going to the Department of Transportation, means TxDot has had to cut more than a billion dollars in projects. That cut includes the much anticipated widening of Highway 146 south of Dayton to the Chambers County Line. The project was set to go to contract in March of next year with construction on the 1st phase to begin in summer. John Barton said they will look at the project again next year and see if they have funding at that time. Representative John Otto said he is waiting to hear from the executive director of TxDot who has indicated to the Dayton republican it may not be that late before this project is back on track.

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Tonight’s the Night: The Dayton Broncos thunder into College Station to take on the Austin Lake Travis Cavaliers in a 7:30 kick off at Kyle Field. The semi final match up can be heard live on KSHN 99.9 FM or listen online at www.kshn.com

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Email Hoax: A current warning email about a “Merry Christmas” email virus that destroys your computer’s hard drive making its way around the internet is reportedly a hoax. Computer experts say criminals are out there devising destructive viruses, and as always, the best protection includes up to date anti virus and trojan scanning software.

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Drivers License Office: The Liberty County Drivers License Office in the County Annex on Cos street is back running. We reported yesterday they had been out of commission since just after the Thanksgiving holiday with computer troubles. Late yesterday afternoon those problems were corrected.

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Funerals: Alvera Fay Birge Thomas, 50 formerly of Hull. Graveside services 3 PM Saturday at Moss Hill Community Cemetery.

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**LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.83 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 239 THURSDAY DECEMBER 13th, 2007

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Driver License Office: According to state licensing examiner Angie Cox, the Driver License Bureau Office at the Courthouse Annex in Liberty has been at a standstill since after the Thanksgiving Holiday due to major computer failure. It is unknown when the State of Texas can get this lone computer operational once again. Ms. Cox said those needing the services of the driver license office can go to the offices in Cleveland, Baytown or Wallisville or go on line to www.txonline.com.

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Refuge Expanding: The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge has added 1600 acres to its local holdings. That land was purchased more than a year ago from the conservation fund. The group held the property until the US Fish and Wildlife services allocated the money to add it to the Trinity River system. Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus said the new land contains many natural resources with a high conservation value. The property includes a log cabin that Marcus said will one day be refurbished into a visitor’s center.

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Football: The Houston Texans host the Denver Broncos tonight 7 PM kick off. Hear it live on KSHN or www.kshn.com

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Liberty City Council: Tuesday night, Liberty City Council named new City Manager Ron Wood the General Manager of the Liberty Community Development Corporation. Newly appointed councilman Louie Potetz was selected to fill a vacancy on the board of directors for the LCDC.

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Dayton Flag Program: The city of Dayton is offering its residents a way to honor family members who are currently or have served in the military. For a cost of $145 the city will fly an American flag at the Veterans Memorial, and place the flag in a wooden triangle display box with glass front. The flag comes with a proclamation from Dayton City Council recognizing the military service member. For information call 258 2642.

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Funerals: Gladys Doucette Fregia, of Batson. Services will be at 11 AM tomorrow at Batson Prairie Baptist Church. Rebecca Ann Abshere, 3 of Cleveland. Memorial services today at 4 PM Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. Pending: Beatrice Trahan 89 of Ames.

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**LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.82 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 238 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 12th, 2007

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Bikes for Christmas: Liberty County Bikes for Christmas program Co-Chair David Milam said the group is about $15,000 shy of their goal. He said the increased cost for toys and a $6,000 jump in shipping cost for the bikes themselves has created the issue. In just a few days the bikes program will deliver 1,600 bikes, 350 trikes and 6000 toys to kids across the county. If you would like to help, tax deductible checks made out to Liberty County Bikes for Christmas can be dropped off at Milam Discount Tire in Liberty, Mike Koen at Liberty County EMS in Daisetta or at KSHN radio 2099 Sam Houston, Liberty.

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Bridgehaven New Director: Linda Carlisle has been named the new executive director for Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center serving Liberty and Chambers County. Carlisle has served as director of the children’s advocacy center in Bastrop County and as a caseworker. Linda Carlisle also worked with Bridgehaven as a volunteer to establish the court appointed advocate program known as CASA.

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Police Chase: In the early morning hours of Sunday, Blake Wickliff, 22 of Liberty led Liberty County Sheriffs Department Captain Chip Fairchild on a chase from Ames to Liberty before flipping his car in front of the Liberty County Jail. According to Sheriff Greg Arthur he now faces charges including evading arrest and driving while intoxicated and possibly others.

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Dayton Football Tickets: Playoff tickets for the Dayton vs. Lake Travis game, and reservations for seats on the charter bus to College Station are also available at the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Office 1801 Trinity Street in Liberty.

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1962 Dayton Colbert High: In 1962, the Dayton Colbert High School football team advanced all the way to the state championship game against Taylor Price in PVIL Class A. While Dayton Colbert lost that game, that 1962 team was the first team from Dayton in state championship play off action. Now the hope is there will be another one come late Friday following the semi final match up of Dayton and Lake Travis.

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Funerals: Fannie Mae Gladden, 96 of Odem. Services 11 AM today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Coldspring.

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**LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.80 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 237 TUESDAY DECEMBER 11th, 2007

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Chambers County Armed Robbery: Chambers County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an armed robbery that happened around 6:30 Saturday evening at the Holiday Inn Express in Winnie. The perpetrator is described as a black male between 5’7” and 5’10” with short hair and a slim build. He is thought to be driving a late model silver mustang. If you have any information call the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department 409 267 8318 or Crime Stoppers at 409 267 8477. Callers can remain anonymous and crime stoppers offers up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

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Charter Bus: Seats are available on charter buses for Friday’s Semi-Final football playoff game in Collage Station for Dayton Bronco followers. Price per seat is $25 for a round trip ticket and includes a BBQ meal at the stadium at a tailgate party in Dayton’s free parking area, lot #48 at Kyle Field. Buses will leave 2:30 Friday afternoon from the Junior High parking lot. For details and reservations call the Dayton school business office at 258 2667 or the Dayton Chamber office at 257 2393. This does not include the price of the game tickets.

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Lake Travis Cavaliers: The Dayton Bronco’s opponent in the semi final round of the state 4A Div. II playoffs, the Lake Travis cavaliers have a 13 – 1 overall record. The cavaliers quarterback is ranked 3rd best in the country and he’s only a junior. Garrett Gilbert has thrown for 4000 yards and 45 touchdowns in 14 games. The cavaliers have outscored opponents 523 to 303 while Dayton has outscored their opponents 478 to 125.

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Funerals: Guy Fielder, 97 of Liberty. Services today 10 AM Central Baptist Church in Daisetta.

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**LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.78 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 236 MONday DECEMBER 10th, 2007

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Broncos Still Going: The Dayton Broncos defeated Waller 28 to 21 last Friday night and now gallop on to the Final Four in Class 4A Division II Football. Dayton meets the Austin Lake Travis Cavaliers in the State Semi-Finals Friday night at 7:30 at Kyle Field in College Station. Advance tickets go on sale today at the DISD Administration Office. Tickets are Adults $8, Students $4. Friday night all will be $9. KSHN will air the game.

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Warrant Sweep: Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Chip Fairchild said a warrant sting operation last Thursday in the Northeast portion of the county resulted in 12 arrests. While the names of those taken in custody have not been released pending further investigation, charges include possession of a controlled substance, probation and parole violations, organized crime, theft and felon in possession of a firearm.

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Lawman Arrested: Former Liberty and Cleveland City Police Officer Gregory Bogany is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated kidnapping. Bogany-33 is alleged to have abducted his former girlfriend from the parking lot of the Brookshire Brothers in Porter where she worked. He is currently in the Polk County Jail on bonds totaling $110,000.

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SNAP’s back: SNAP mobile vet clinic will be at Stancil Park in Cleveland 8PM Tuesday. Snap provides free pet spaying and neutering to low income families. For info on eligibility rules call 713-862-3863 or link to SNAP’s web site from kshn.com.

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L-D Area Chamber Voting: Wednesday is the deadline to return all nomination forms for Citizen of the Year for Liberty and Dayton as well as Chamber Director election ballots to the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber Office on Trinity Street in Liberty. For more information, call 936-336-5736.

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, 88, Liberty, Serv. 10 today Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty. **Guy Fielder-97,Serv.10-Tues. @ Daisetta Central Baptist

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**LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.12 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 235 friday DECEMBER 7th, 2007

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Texas Economy: An economist while predicting the country as a whole would be in a recession by mid 2008, told State Representative John Otto, Texas would likely avoid much of that negative impact. Representative Otto said the stable housing prices, more than $10 billion in surplus funds at the state level, as well as the business climate that attracts industry to the state is what should help Texas avoid some of the negative economic impact of a recession.

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Scams: What may be scam artists are working the Liberty area with some considerable frequency. On two separate occasions folks have been set up outside local stores collecting money claiming it’s for local folks or groups. When pressed for information, both groups have admitted the funds will go outside the area, one in Dallas another Pasadena. While these groups may be legitimate, remember it is your right to ask questions on where the money is going.

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Chamber Luncheon: The Eastgate Brass Band will provide holiday music at Wednesday’s monthly luncheon of the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. Kapalski’s Café will cater the meal and tickets are $8. Call the Chamber Office for reservations 936 336 5736.

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Fire Safety: Liberty Fire Marshal Sean Matula reminds everyone to use extra care to be sure their holiday decorations don’t present a fire hazard. Don’t put up fresh trees too early, or leave it up longer than 2 weeks. Inspect lights before using them. Look for frayed wires, gaps in insulation, broken or cracked sockets or excessive wear. Don’t leave Christmas lights on when your not at home, and avoid overloading electrical outlets.

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Football: The Dayton Bronco’s take on Waller Bulldogs tonight. Pre-game on All Nine Radio is 7:20 PM.

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Funerals: Justin Ryan “JuJu” Stidham, 23 of Trinity. Services 2 PM Saturday at 1st Baptist Church – Crosby. Iris Lavon Tomlinson, 42 of Saratoga. Services 10 AM Saturday at West End Baptist Church – Saratoga. George “Pond Water” Hendrix, 54 of Saratoga. Services 2:30 Saturday at Roadside Memorial Baptist Church – Saratoga.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.13 ASL*

Volume 22 NO. 234 THURSDAY DECEMBER 6th, 2007

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Pedestrian Killed: Kenneth McCarty, 80 was killed yesterday afternoon when he stepped out into traffic on Hwy. 146 north of Liberty. DPS Trooper Chad Blackburn said the man might have been trying to get his dog off the roadway.

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RoadWork: TxDot’s John Sudela said work is expected to begin in about two weeks on a $1.4 million project to widen four narrow bridges on FM 1008 north of Dayton. Two of the bridges – those over Linney and French Creeks- will also be lengthened. Sudela said traffic at the bridges would be open but reduced to one lane. The work is expected to take about 14 months.

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Theater Performance: More than 100 Liberty students, from 2nd grade through high school make up the cast of the LHS Theater Department’s performance of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. Theater arts director Tiffany Gardner said it’s a fantasy about kids who tour and get lost, in Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory. Show times this weekend at the LISD Auditorium, behind San Jacinto Elementary School on Grand Ave., are Friday and Saturday at 7 PM, and Sunday afternoon at 2. Tickets are $5, at the door or in advance from cast or crew.

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Christmas Festival: North Main Baptist Church will hold an Outdoor Christmas Festival on the church grounds on North Main Street in Liberty. The festival which includes a live nativity, puppet show, hay ride, live music, and lots of lights, is from 6-9 PM, December 14th – Dec. 16th.

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24-A All District: 13 Hull Daisetta Bobcats and their coach made the 24-2A All District Team. Bobcat Franklin Smith was heralded as the District’s Most Valuable Player, and teammate Anthony Brooks was named Offensive MVP. First year Head Coach Joe Allen Slack was touted as the Coach of the Year.

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New Law: A recent change in Texas’ Family Law Code authorizes a judge to require a non-custodial parent to maintain a life insurance policy. County Court at Law Judge Don Taylor said it is to insure the child’s financial well being in the event that parent should pass away.

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Funerals: Elizabeth Berryhill, 71 of Dayton. Services 10 AM Saturday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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Volume 22 NO. 233 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 5th, 2007

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Courtroom Disruption: A Baytown man, Thomas Hill, has been arrested and charged with criminal mischief and resisting arrest after he mouthed off to a judge in the Attorney General Courtroom where child support cases are heard. Liberty Co. Sheriffs Deputy Travis Sulas, working special assignment as bailiff said when the judge ordered the man taken into custody, Thomas Hill fought the Deputy, in the courtroom and once out on the street he tried to break free and run. No one was injured, but a Sheriff’s Department patrol car was dented.

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Party Change: After serving the residents of Chambers and Liberty County as a democrat for more than 30 years, Monday, 244th District Judge Carol Wilburn signed up for reelection as a republican. Judge Wilburn said his philosophy on equal and fair interpretation of the law has not changed, only party affiliation.

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Dayton Quarterfinals: There are only 8 teams left in the hunt for 4-A State Champion, and the Dayton Broncos are among that elite group. This Friday night they take on the Waller Bulldogs, a team with an identical 10-3 record as the locals. Region 1 has Wichita Falls Rider and Everman. Region 2 has West Mesquite and Highland Park. Region 4 is Austin Lake Travis and Beeville Jones. Dayton and Waller are Region 3. We will broadcast the Dayton / Waller game starting at 7:20 PM.

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Candles Cause Fires: Dayton Fire Chief Terry Boyett said one of the main causes of house fires in this area is a candle. He said in recent years, he has seen an increased number of house fires caused by candles left burning and unattended. The best advice is to only burn candles in holders designed for them, and never leave one burning while you’re away or asleep.

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Dayton City Council: The Dayton City Council Monday night met with their financial consultant, Mark McLiney of Southwest Securities and formally approved a timetable regarding the sale of the $13 million in bonds to finance the new library and civic center. Voters in Dayton approved all 3 propositions surrounding the construction of the new facility and infrastructure.

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Funerals: Robert “Bob” Allen Hane, 60 of Liberty. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Volume 22 NO. 232 tuesday DECEMBER 4th, 2007

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Ground Breaking: Dayton City Manager David Douglas said Global Tubing in Dayton is expecting to break ground on the Dayton facility sometime this month. The facility will be inside the city limits just off Hwy. 90 on CR 493. Global Tubing will manufacture continuous pipeline that is used in the oil field industry. Earlier this year, the Dayton Community Development Corporation awarded them a $750,000 grant to be paid over 5 year to help offset some of the cost of a required $1.5 million electrical substation. David Douglas said Global Tubing expects to employ about 125 initially, and within 5 years, that number could reach 250 people.

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CPS Holiday Effort: The Liberty County Children’s Protective Service Board each December raises money to provide the county’s foster children with a merry Christmas. Those dollars are also spread throughout out the year for things like clothes, braces, senior rings and other things that can make the lives of these kids as normal as possible. Currently, there are about 170 children in foster care in Liberty County. For information, or to donate, call 936 336 5232

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Silent Auction: This Thursday, San Jacinto Elementary school is holding their annual silent auction Mexican dinner fund-raiser starting at 5 PM. SJE Principal Donna Eckols said there are a wide variety of theme baskets available for folks to bid on, including some for kids priced under $15. Meal tickets are on sale through noon Thursday for $6 at the school.

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Candidate for State Rep: A Dayton area resident, Arlan Foster has signed up on the Democratic ticket to run for the position of State Representative District 18. A military veteran and former police officer, Arlan Foster currently works for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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Hometown Holidays: Tonight at 5 PM kicks off the 7th Annual Dayton Chamber of Commerce Hometown Holidays celebration. All the fun will be next to Dayton City Hall on Cook Street. With games for the kids, hot chocolate and homemade cookies, Christmas music, pictures with Santa Claus for $5, the lighting of the huge Christmas tree next to city hall and more. The night culminates with the fireworks display at 7 PM.

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Volume 22 NO. 231 MONDAY DECEMBER 3RD, 2007

Go Broncos: After downing Livingston 43-0 Friday night, the Dayton Broncos move to the Quarter-Finals in Class 4A football playoffs this Friday at 7:30 p.m. It’s Dayton versus Waller at Berry Center Stadium off US 290 in the Cy Fair School District. Both teams are 10-3. Tickets at the school business office today start at noon $3 students, $5 adults. All are $7 at the gate. ****************************************************

Honor Military Service: This year the City of Liberty and its citizens are honoring those serving in the military. The city has put a Christmas tree in front of City Hall on the East Side. The public can pick up yellow ribbons and note cards at city hall to place on the tree to salute those in the military. .

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Drug Raid: A late Thursday night raid at a reputed “crack house” known as “The Hole” on FM 2830 in Raywood resulted in six arrests and seizure of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, cash and surveillance cameras used to watch for law enforcement. Liberty County Sheriff’s Capt. Chip Fairchild said deputies, Liberty-Chambers Counties Drug Task Force and Dayton PD officers executed the search warrant.

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Arson Arrest: Liberty Fire Chief Fred Collins said 36-year-old Kimberly Michelle Alford has been arrested and charged with arson for the fire that destroyed the Tennessee Street home of 50-year-old Joseph Andre Jones on November 11th. The case has been sent to the DA’s Office.

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Dayton Banquet: The 7th Annual Dayton Chamber of Commerce Banquet is set for Thursday, January 31, at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School on Hwy 146. Dayton Chamber President Lester Ray Wisegerber said this year’s event features the music of popular Texas band “Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s” instead of the more traditional after dinner speaker. Call the Dayton Chamber for more information on tickets or becoming a sponsor for the event at 936-257-2393.

Liberty Co. gets a DPS Sgt. in mid-December. Just promoted to Sgt., Jeremiah Richards comes here from Bryan-College Station.

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Funerals: Brook Lynn Nugent, age 2, Serv. 2 pm today at Allison Funeral Serv.-Liberty**J. D. Burney Jr. 83, of Liberty, Serv. at 10 today-Allison Funeral Serv.**Alvy Ray Scott–69, Serv. Wed. Rural Shade Bapt. Ch..(Neal)

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