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October 2005

-VOLUME 20 NO. 208 TUESDAY NOV. 1ST , 2005-

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Last December the 9th District Appeals Court threw out 2 of 4 convictions of Former Liberty Co. Treasurer Janet Harrelson. Harrelson’s Attorney, Dr. Joe Willie said the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin has upheld that lower court’s decision. While not actually ruling on the merits of the case, their refusing to hear it re-affirmed the previous decision. Dr. Willie said by week’s end he would file an appeal on the federal level in Beaumont on the 2 remaining convictions. One of those is for forgery, the other for tampering with government records. As it stands now, Janet Harrelson will spend no time in jail, but will not be able to regain her elected office as treasurer.

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Amber Morrow, 17 died in a one vehicle wreck early Sunday morning. Four other’s were injured, including the driver, 18 year old Joseph Culpepper, Michael Williamson 17 of Porter, Jacqueline Greer 17 of New Caney, and Tasha Tobias, also age 17. DPS Trooper Tommy Chase said speed was a factor, but he believes alcohol may have also been involved. Tasha Tobias and Joseph Culpepper were seriously injured. Jacqueline Greer was treated and released, while Michael Williamson had a broken arm. The accident remains under investigation.

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US President George W. Bush has ordered flags on public buildings to be flown at half-staff Wednesday, the day of Rosa Parks funeral and burial.

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Constitutional Amendment #5 covers Texas ability to compete with financial institutions from other states for particular types of very large commercial loans. Rep. Otto said if approved by the voters, prop #5 would exempt Texas lending institutes from the currently required complicated calculations that often take them out of the running for making this class of multi-million dollar loan. Rep. Otto said it would level the playing field for all financial institutions to compete fairly.

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Funerals: Rosie L. Rollins, 84 of Liberty. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1 pm at Olive Bethel Baptist Church in Hardin * John ‘Vic’ Vickery, 40 of Liberty Funeral services will be this morning at 10 at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty * James E. ‘Jim’ Priest, 71 of Dayton. Services pending at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton *

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.25 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 207, MONDAY OCT. 31ST, 2005-

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Andy Helms has resigned as Dayton City Manager after 6 months for a higher paying job as General Manager for a homeowners improvement association at a community development in the Conroe-Walden Area. Helms became immediately popular when he was hired as Dayton’s top administrator. Mayor Steve Stephens said Helms was a good fit for Dayton and he would miss his intelligence and calm style. Helms said he would probably step-down in mid-November but be available after that when needed. Mayor Stephens said he hopes the city will take their time to find the right successor.

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Funeral Services are pending for longtime Liberty sports manager John Vickery-40. He died Friday from an apparent heart attack said to be prompted as a complication of pneumonia.

Parents, take the kiddo’s Halloween treats to Liberty-Dayton Comm. Hospital tonight for a free x-ray exam to be sure its safe.

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State Senator Tommy Williams said Proposition #4 on the November 8th Constitutional Amendment Election Ballot would authorize denial of bail to a criminal who violates conditions of their release. DA Mike Little is urging votes in favor of the amendment and believes passage would give judges more leeway to deal with those who pose a threat to specific crime victims or to the community. Early voting continues 8 to 5 through Wednesday, then 8 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Courthouse and the Courthouse Annex in Cleveland. Early voting is also going on today through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at FLNB’s Dayton Financial Center. Early voting for the Liberty ISD school trustee special election is also going on at the Liberty School business office. Two candidates with one spot to fill.

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The Liberty Panthers won a thriller in Huffman Friday night, defeating the Falcons, 28 to 27. The Dayton Broncos kept their undefeated district record intact, beating Galena Park 42 to 0. Hull-Daisetta shut out High Island 45 to 0 and Barbers Hill defeated Tarkington, 46 to 0. The Hardin Hornets play tonight at West Hardin, then the Hornets return to their regular schedule to host Deweyville for their regular season district finale Friday.

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FUNERALS: Billy G. Mitchell, 76, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. today at Pentecostal Tabernacle Church. **

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***LAKE RELEASES: 1,000CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5:13ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 206, FRIDAY OCT. 28TH, 2005-

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State Representative John Otto said Proposition #3, on the November 8th Constitutional Amendment ballot would clarify what constitutes debt for an economic development program in Texas. It basically says if the economic development program does not require repayment from tax dollars paid by citizens- as in the case of a tax abatement- it is not a debt.

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FEMA Spokesman Billy Penn admitted to a crowd of around 200 Chambers County residents at a meeting at the courthouse in Anahuac on Tuesday that his agency did “an awful job” of explaining the expedited assistance program to Hurricane Rita victims. Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia and Sheriff Joe LaRive had to ask the crowd to calm down several times as Penn attempted to clear up misinformation such as that which led storm victims to believe that each would receive $2,000 in aid, when many did not qualify. Those with questions are still asked to call 1-800-621-FEMA.

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The TVE hosts the CPRA Rodeo Finals tonight at 7 pm and tomorrow at 6 p.m. There is an additional $63,000 in prize money and the top 15 performers will vie in each event. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for students and children under 5 get in free. Advance tickets are a $1 less at Baskins in Liberty, FLNB in Liberty and Dayton and at the TVE Fairgrounds on FM 563.

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Monday is Halloween and parents are reminded to choose costumes or costume materials that are fire-retardant. Costumes should not be so long that they create a tripping hazard. If kids are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Reflective tape can also be used to make children visible to motorists. Also, masks can obstruct children’s vision. Experts recommend using facial make up instead.

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The Dayton Broncos host the Galena Park Yellowjackets tonight at 7 while the Liberty Panthers are at Huffman with a 7:30 p.m. kick off. Listen to the games live on All Nine Split Channel Sports with Liberty/ Huffman on our left channel starting at 7:20 and Dayton vs. Galena Park continuing on our right channel.

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Funerals: James Henry Garrett, 68, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.08 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 205, THURSDAY OCT. 27TH, 2005-

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Proposition 1 of the 9 constitutional amendments on the ballot Election Day, Tuesday November 8th, as explained by Rep. John Otto, would allow the Texas Transportation Commission to apply for grants and sell certificates of obligation for funding the relocation, rehabilitation or expansion of rail facilities in the state. Rep. Otto said that would allow rail facilities to be relocated out of heavily populated areas, which would also reduce the amount of hazardous materials shipped through populated areas. He added the rail companies have no incentive to move their rail lines. They own the right of way’s where they’re sitting, and there’s nothing to make them want to spend the money to move those facilities.

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Postponed due to Hurricane Rita, the memorial dedication honoring longtime Liberty County foster parent and child advocate Patsy Dewey will be held this Sunday. Patsy Dewey was a foster parent for special needs kids, former president of the Family Outreach Organization and chaired the local Texas Child Fatality Review team. The memorial dedication is 3 pm this Sunday at the Langetree Duck Farm and Eco Center on FM 770 in Raywood. The public is welcome.

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Liberty School Board Tuesday night approved budget amendments that included $150,000 in repairs from damage cause by Hurricane Rita. Robert Ward, the schools district director of maintenance and transportation has been the point man on the Hurricane Rita repair work and he gave board members a very detailed report. Tommy Davis, Assistant Superintendent for LISD, say’s he expects all of those repair costs to be fully funded through insurance and FEMA reimbursements.

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The Life Share Blood Center is having a blood and platelet drive Saturday at 1st Liberty National Bank from 10 am until 4 pm. To make an appointment to donate platelets or for more information, call Dorothy Nettles at 936 298 2689.

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Funerals: Grady Wayne Igoo, 44, of Cleveland. Funeral services this afternoon at 1 pm at the Romayor Baptist Church. ** John L. Coleman, 69 of Devers. Funeral services Saturday at 11 am, at Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.11 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 204, WEDNESDAY OCT. 26TH, 2005-

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Liberty County Commissioners tabled overtime pay due to Hurricane Rita for county employees during yesterday’s meeting. Commissioner Precinct #2 Lee Groce said he wanted to hear what the Federal Emergency Management Agency was going to reimburse the county. County Officials along with representatives from FEMA will meet Thursday in a workshop to discuss just that. It is expected the question of overtime pay will be on a future commissioners court agenda.

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The Cowboy’s Professional Rodeo Association Finals will be this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the TVE Fairgrounds in Liberty. With an added $63,000 in prize money, it is sure to bring out some of the top competitors. Tickets are $7 for adult, $4 for students. Kids 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at Baskins in Liberty, FLNB Dayton and Liberty and at the TVE Office. For information or to pay by credit card, call 336 7455.

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It’s that time again, time to “fall back”. Daylight savings time officially begins at 2 am this Sunday morning. Remember to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

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The Liberty High School Marching Band is inviting family members, friends, and ex-band members to participate in the half time show of the football game between Barbers Hill and Liberty Friday, November 4th. They will have two rehearsals for this special performance, next Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 at the LHS band practice field near the tennis courts at the high school on Jefferson Dr. For more information call Band Director Tom Guidry at 336 6483 ext. 240.

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Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia yesterday issued a burn ban for that county effective for 7 days unless extended by Chambers County Commissioners. It is always against the law to burn in Texas unless a special permit is granted by the TCEQ. This and the one issued Monday in Liberty Co. revokes all outdoor burning except in an enclosed container.

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Funerals: Aaron Lee Litton, 21 of Dayton. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 3 pm at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. *** Thomas James Taylor, 46 of Liberty. Graveside services will be today at 10 am Guedry Cemetery in Batson.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.11 ASL*`

-VOLUME 20 NO. 203, TUESDAY OCT. 25TH, 2005-

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A 65 to 70 acre fire north of Kenefick Sunday night prompted a call from the Liberty County Sheriffs department for an evacuation of residents in that area. Fighting the flames was the Wildland Task Force, the Forestry Service, and the Dayton, Kenefick, Tarkington, Hwy. 321, Cleveland and Liberty Fire Departments. The heavy woods fire had flames said to be at least 20 feet tall. Sheriff’s Dept. Chief Deputy Don Neyland said no homes or outbuildings were damaged, but were under threat by the flames for several hours.

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DPS Trooper Mary Phillips said Ricky Don Jones, 41, of Rhome, Texas, attempted a “u” turn with his 18-wheel tractor trailer rig on Hwy 90 east of Devers yesterday morning. A smaller pick up driven by Raymond Thompson went up under the side of the tanker. Traffic was tied up for over an hour. Both drivers were cited.

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Early voting for the November 8th constitutional amendment election got underway yesterday. There are 9 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Early voting locations include the County Clerks Office in the Liberty County Court House and at the Cleveland Annex. Voters can cast their ballot from 8 am until 5 pm weekdays at those locations now until November 2nd. On Thursday and Friday, November 3rd and 4th, there will be extended early voting hours from 8 am until 7 pm. In Dayton, early voting begins October 31st and runs through November 4th from 3 pm until 7 pm at 1st Liberty National Bank, Dayton Financial Center in the community room.

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A Tarkington Varsity football player was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital Friday night by air ambulance. Tarkington Superintendent John Kirchner said the high school junior was complaining of numbness in one leg after a tackle during the game, but is now fully mobile and expected to recover.

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Liberty Co. Judge Lloyd Kirkham yesterday issued a total burn ban for all of Liberty Co. in effect for the next 90 days unless lifted by the Texas Forest Service. It is always against the law to burn in Liberty County unless a special permit is granted. This revokes all outdoor burning except in enclosed containers. A violation is punishable by a fine of up to $500.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.16 ASL*`

-VOLUME 20 NO. 202, MONDAY OCT. 24TH, 2005-

The TVE Youth Livestock Auction brought a solid payday to hardworking youngsters from all over Liberty and Chambers Counties Friday afternoon. In spite of tough times resulting from Hurricane Rita, the auction total this year was a hefty $183,697 – more than $13,000 over last year. Local Chevron Products Distributor John Hebert and Liberty Attorney Ed Norwood split the price tag on the Grand Champion Market Steer of Dayton FFA’s Joseph Mitchell. It matched last year’s sale price of $10,000. Several generous individual buyers came close to being the high volume bidder. It was a great year for kids at TVE.

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The announcement that the Joint Agency Assistance Center at Calvary Baptist Church would close after Saturday brought hundreds out to the church on FM 1960 west of Dayton. The resulting traffic jam took hours to clear. Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies called out eight extra officers who closed the highway to clear the huge traffic tie-up. Information we got indicates FEMA, the Red Cross or the other agencies in the assistance center do not plan to extend their stay in Liberty County. That could change, but at last report those on site efforts have ended.

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Today begins Early Voting for the November Special Liberty School Trustee Election. LISD residents can vote from 8 to 4 weekdays at school administration offices through Friday November 4th. The election will decide whether James Harris or Lloyd Pierce will fill the un-expired term of recently resigned school trustee Carl Hight. That term expires in May 2007.

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It was a long Homecoming night for the Liberty Panthers Friday night. They lost to Cleveland 27 to 13. Sarah Khalil was crowned queen. Dayton fared better. The Broncos defeated C. E. King 56 to 21. Barbers Hill beat Splendora 20 to 14 and Tarkington lost to Huffman Hargrave 55 to 7.

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Lauren Allison –18, daughter of Tim and Pat Allison is 2005 Miss Rodeo TVE. She also took best horsemanship, best appearance and high point personality honors.

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FUNERALS: Jack Walton, 75, of Baytown, Services were held earlier this month. ** Willie Belle Smith Nash, 84, of Anahuac, Services 2pm today at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac.** Christine Lambeth,34, Dayton, Service was Sat.

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*LAKE RELEASES: 1,000CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.56 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 201, FRIDAY OCT. 21ST, 2005-

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Monday, Jim Watson, former Funeral Director with Allison Funeral Service, and Liberty Rotary Club Treasurer, pled guilty to two counts of Felony Theft. One charge stemmed from theft of money from the local service club, the other was from his employer, Allison Funeral Service – a subsidiary of Carriage Services. As part of his plea agreement, 31 year old Watson, was sentenced to 10 years probation on the larger theft charge, and 2 years on the smaller state jail felony charge, $636 in court cost, a $5,000 cash fine and $48,371.50 in restitution. Over $43,000 of that has already been paid. He was also sentenced to 850 hours of community service.

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Yesterday morning, judges at the Trinity Valley Exposition picked their favorites in the Market Steer category. From Dayton, Joseph Mitchell’s steer was named as Grand Champion. Reserve Champion went to Calli Woerner of Liberty. Others making today’s livestock sale include from Hardin, Brock Clements, Jake Thonsgaard and Katie Templeton. From Barbers Hill, Rayne Hobbs, Taylor Hutcherson, and Rylee Hobbs. From Dayton were Jared Graves, Lauren Graves, Frank Moss, Ellie Arnold, Kent Noack, Kyle Sims, and Joseph Carter. From Tarkington were Dayna Tidwell, Matt Carnes, and Shayn Henderson, and from Hull-Daisetta Vanessa Clark. The 20 steers of these young people are eligible for today’s sale.

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Two candidates have filed for the special Liberty School Trustee election to fill the un-expired term of recently resigned trustee Carl Hight. Those two candidates are James Harris and Lloyd Pierce. Early voting for the special election starts Monday and continues weekdays from 8 am until 4 pm at the LISD administration building through Nov. 4th.

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For the second year, the TVE held a Public Speaking Contest as a part of the activities. In the Junior Division, 1st place went to Morgan Ericson. In the Senior Division, 1st place was Bryce Gilfillian, 2nd place went to Jake Russell. 3rd was Kaitlin Catriner and 4th place went to Josh Shafer.

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In the Commercial Heifer division the Grand Champion was shown by Justin McMurray with Barbers Hill FFA. Reserve Champion belonged to Emily Diehl, Liberty Jr. FFA.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.43 ASL*`

-VOLUME 20 NO. 200, THURSDAY OCT. 20TH, 2005-

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A one vehicle roll over wreck on FM 1008 sent Judith White, 42 of Willis to Memorial Hermann Hospital by Life Flight Air Ambulance yesterday afternoon. DPS Trooper Jamie Neault said the driver, Roger Joseph Emord, 52 also of Willis lost control of the vehicle when one wheel went off the road. Two children, Joby White, 17 and James White, 13, as well as Mr. Emord were taken to Liberty Dayton Hospital, all four people are expected to recover from their injuries.

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Liberty County Emergency Management Coordinator Leroy Hanel, said there will be a joint assistance center combining the efforts of FEMA, the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Army Corp of Engineers, Texas Department of Insurance, USDA, Social Security Administration among others. The Site will be open today and tomorrow from 9 am until 6 pm and then Saturday from 9 am until 1 pm at the Calvary Baptist Church on FM 1960 west of Dayton.

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At yesterday’s grand opening of the new Liberty County Republican Party Headquarters on Travis Street in Liberty, five candidates announced they will run for County Office in the March Republican Primary. State Representative John Otto and Precinct #1 JP Bobby Rader said they would seek reelection. Kim Harris will run for Liberty County Treasurer while Paulette Williams is running for County Clerk. Also, Larry Wilburn will run for Precinct #4 JP and Monty Odom for Precinct #6 JP.

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Results from Wednesday’s Market Swine judging in the TVE Youth Livestock Auction saw Grand Champion honors go to River Lott of the Dayton 4-H. The Reserve Champion Market Swine was shown by the Trinity Valley 4-H’s Kristin Rogers.

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Top honors in this year’s TVE Home Economics Division include Grand Champ. Sr. Dec. Cake- Sean Crump- Hardin FFA: Res. Champ. Sr. Dec. Cake- Lauren Graves- Dayton FFA: Grand Champ Jr. Dec. Cake- Kyle Psencik- Eastgate 4-H; Res. Champ. Jr. Dec. Cake- Cody May- Plum Grove 4-H.

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Funerals: Kasey Cassandra Johnson, 11 of Dayton. Funeral Services will be Friday at 3 pm at the first Baptist Church of Dayton, under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.43 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 199, WEDNESDAY OCT. 19TH, 2005-

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Officials with the Small Business Administration will be at the 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty, Friday morning for an informational meeting for small business owners and managers in Liberty and Chambers County. Congressmen Ted Poe and Kevin Brady, the area Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Organizations and the Partnership of Southeast Texas are sponsoring this meeting. Don Fikes, public information officer for the SBA, will provide information and applications for low interest physical property and contents loans, as well as Economic Injury Disaster loans. Space is limited, reservations are essential. Reserve your spot by emailing, jgrooms@cityofliberty.org by 3 p.m. Thursday.

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Liberty County Chief Appraiser Allan Conner said the central appraisal district opened their Dayton Annex office in the old bank building on FM 1960 on Monday. Hours at the new office will be Monday through Friday from 8 to 5, closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Most services offered at the main office in Liberty will also be offered in the Dayton Annex Office. They will take homestead exemption applications, Ag Exemption Applications, as well as Protest forms. For more information call 936 257 8395.

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We reported a while back, that Liberty County Native, Caroline DeVine now of Houston, was named among the 50 most influential women in broadcasting. Now the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hale Johnston of Hull will be inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame November 5th in a Dallas ceremony. ****************************************************

The top 10 Market Rabbits from this years TVE are: Grand Champion, Seth Huggins, Reserve Champion Guy Nicholson. 3rd, Emma Chachere, 4th Wade Robertson, 5th Catherine Till. 6th place went to Jermey Revils, 7th to Briane Rossow. 8th was Lucas Chachere, 9th Brittany Webb and 10th Deanna Schelby.

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The Market Broiler division was judged yesterday morning. The winners were: Grand Champion–Kaylan Cooper. Reserve Champion went to Ashley Worthy. 3rd – Rhett Wilson. 4th-Cory Cooper. 5th - Starett Burk. 6th – Mitchell Morris. 7th – Stoney Burk. 8th – Adam Colquitt. 9th – Ethan Worthy. 10th – Matt Carnes.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.40 ASL*

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An early morning wreck on Hwy. 90 west of Dayton left 11-year old Kasey Johnson of Dayton, dead. Dayton Police Detective John Headrick said Bryan Wayne Johnson, 31 of Dayton struck a horse that was in the roadway. In the vehicle with him was his girlfriend, Tricia Park, 31 of Houston and his two children, Kaden Johnson, 5 and Kasey Johnson. Four other people involved in the crash were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. They are all expected to recover from their injuries. The horse is believed to have escaped from a pasture on CR 491.
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Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a Thursday afternoon bank robbery. Sheriff LaRive said a man approached a teller in the Gulf Coast Bank, on Hwy. 124 in Winnie with a note demanding money, and displayed what appeared to be an explosive device. The suspect fled the bank with an undetermined amount of money in a black car. The suspect is described as a white male in his 20’s or 30’s, 5’8” with a medium build. He was wearing a blue and orange windbreaker, pants and ball cap. He was also wearing large sunglasses and a fake mustache. Any one with information is asked to call the Chambers County Sheriffs Department at 1-409-267-8322.
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The Liberty Dayton Community Hospital is offering free mammograms for women who do not have insurance, Medicare or the ability to pay for the life saving test. The free mammograms will be offered the week of October 24th through October 28th. Call the hospital for an appointment at 936-336-7316 extension 135.
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This evening, both the Exposition Hall and the Carnival open at the T.V.E. Fairgrounds for a sneak peak. Ride all the rides you can stand for $20. Also local non-professional cowboys show off their talent’s in the Ranch Rodeo at 7 pm. Tomorrow the 97th Trinity Valley Exposition officially kicks off with the Kiddie Trail Ride at 8:30 and the Opening Day Parade at 10 am. ****************************************************
Funerals: Lawrence “Larry” Wilkinson, 45 of Wallisville. Services Wednesday at 10 am at the Sterling Funeral Home Chapel in Anahuac*** James “Jigger” Kindel, 88 of Anahuac. A private family service will be held at a later date.
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***LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.47 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 197, MONDAY OCT. 17TH, 2005-

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The sight of a large military aircraft, with smoke coming from its wings, flying uncommonly low over Liberty and Dayton Friday evening created something near panic. What looked to most like a big aircraft about to crash, was instead part of an unannounced military mosquito spraying program. Frantic calls poured in to the Liberty and Dayton Police Departments, as well as the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, causing emergency services to be scrambled for several minutes. Although welcome no one advised officials here, or the public, of plans to spray.

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The Red Cross Service Center at Liberty’s North Main Baptist Church will remain open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Thursday, unless thee is a need to extend it..Red Cross deadline to file new applications for assistance is 6 p.m. Tuesday. FEMA will be open at the Liberty County Courthouse 9 to 6 today and tomorrow, closed Wednesday, re-opening Thursday at 1st Baptist in Dayton. FEMA hours at the church are 9 to 6 through Friday.

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The grand opening of the Liberty County Republican Party Campaign Headquarters is Wednesday around noon in the old Mercy Hospital on North Travis Street in Liberty. GOP Party Chair Lester Wisegerber said four Republicans would announce plans to run for local offices in the March primary elections.

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A change in ticket pricing at this year’s TVE has drawn some criticism, but appears to be in line, or lower than admission prices at similar fair events such as the South Texas State Fair, Texas Rice Festival & Fort Bend Co. Fair. Tickets are $6 in advance for adults, $5 in advance for students and seniors, a dollar more each at the gate. Ticket price covers admission to the Fairgrounds, parking and also to the PRCA Rodeo performance that night. Advance tickets are available at Baskins and Tractor Supply in Liberty, and at FLNB Financial Centers in Liberty and Dayton. A $25 pass is good for daily admission to all events.

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Hardin Hornets lost to number one Newton Saturday, 53-10. Liberty Panthers beat Splendora Friday 14-7 while the Dayton Broncos out ran Forest Brook 47 to 36. Cleveland shut out Tarkington 41-0, and it was Barbers Hill 31, Huffman 17.

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FUNERALS: Larry Wilkinson, 45, of Wallisville at 10 am Wed. Sterling Funeral Home–Anahuac**Glenda Annette Gallien-44, of Dayton 10AM at Pace-Stancil-Cleveland . *LAKE RELEASES:1,000CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE:6.56 ASL*

-VOLUME 20 NO. 195, THURSDAY OCT. 13TH, 2005-

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Tuesday afternoon in a meeting held with FEMA and local officials, Phil Parr, Coordination Officer with FEMA said they would be checking on the validity of some of the original $2,000 expedited assistance claims. He said, if it turns out that help was not really needed, those folks could be required to repay all or part of that amount. Liberty City Manger Allen Barnes said during that meeting that he felt FEMA’s response to Liberty County residents was a negative 5 on a scale of 1 to 10.

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Representative John Otto said disaster relief organizations FEMA, the Salvation Army, Small Business Administration, Texas Work Force and others are available to all residents in the affected 9 county area of Southeast Texas. These agencies are all set up in the Dunbar Complex, at 1100 MLK in Livingston, in Polk County, immediately north of Liberty County. They will be at that location 9 to 6 each day, through this Friday.

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Liberty City Council met Tuesday night, and approved the relocation of the city hall offices across Sam Houston Street. The roof on the old building suffered significant damage during Hurricane Rita, which prompted the move. Also Tuesday night, Council nominated local Accountant Michael Van Etta to the Board of Directors of the County Central Appraisal District.

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Friday marks the start of the T.V.E. Country Weekend. The Barbecue set up and judging starts Friday. Saturday morning the TVE Baby Parade starts at 10 am in downtown Liberty. Gates open at the fairgrounds on FM 563 at 8 pm Saturday for the Concert Dance featuring Todd Fritsch and Deryl Dodd.

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Life Share Blood Center is holding an emergency blood drive today from 1 to 7 p.m. at 1st Liberty National Bank, a second on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Liberty and a third on Tuesday at Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital from 1 to 7 p.m. All eligible donors are urged to give blood. ****************************************************

Funerals: Nelda Jean Fletcher, 52 of Ames. Funeral services Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Valley Baptist church in Liberty. * Mary Nan Davis, of Liberty, Memorial Mass at 4 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty. **

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***LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.66 ASL***

-VOLUME 20 NO. 194, WEDNESDAY OCT. 12TH, 2005-

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Liberty County Commissioners met yesterday morning and voted to appoint Danny Frankum to fill out the un-expired term of Chip Fairchild as Precinct #3 Constable. Fairchild has tendered his resignation to accept a supervisory post with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department. He recommended his Deputy Constable as a candidate to replace him. Danny Frankum will be eligible to run in the March Primary Election for the position if he chooses. Director of Indigent Health Services Donna Burke also informed Commissioners UTMB would discontinue all services to the county at the end of this month. Mrs. Burke said medical branch funding had been cut to the point the university could no longer fund the services here.

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Officials from both FEMA and Red Cross, say they will continue the local service centers until they are no longer needed. The Red Cross service center is at the North Main Baptist Church from 9 am until 6 pm. FEMA caseworkers are on the third floor of the courthouse also from 9 am until 6 pm.

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The Texas Extension office says to remove odors of spoiled food from refrigerators and freezers try cleaning the unit with baking soda or vinegar mixed with water. If the odor persists, use activated charcoal. It is available at drug and pet stores. Put the charcoal in the bottom of the freezer or refrigerator for several days, replacing it if still needed. They also said sometimes, no amount of cleaning would eliminate the odor.

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The Dayton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor their first Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the corner of Bryan and Sterling St. behind McDonalds. Events include a costume contest, pony rides, face painting, a Jr. Pumpkin Recipe Baking Contest, hay rides, harvest pictures, a big patch of pumpkins for sale and more. Call the Dayton Chamber at 936-257-2393 for more information.

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Customers of the Hardin Water Supply Company no longer need to boil their water before drinking it. Water Supply Officials say all test results from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are final and the water is fine to drink. However, Daisetta Water Supply customers are asked to continue to boil drinking water until further notice.

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

-VOLUME 20 NO. 193, TUESDAY OCT. 11TH, 2005-

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A Houston man is dead and a Dayton man charged with his murder after a shooting at the Raceway Gas Station in Dayton early Monday morning. Dayton Police Sgt. Doug O’Quinn said an argument between Roy Smith and Mike Aydlett ended when Smith allegedly pulled out a pistol and began shooting. Aydlett was killed, while two passengers in his car, Orianana King, 34 of Houston, and John Hicks, 31 of Tarkington Prairie were injured. The shooting spree ended when Dayton Police Officer Gordon Bean shot Roy Smith in the shoulder. Smith and one of his victims, John Hicks were taken by Life Flight Air Ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital, both thought to be seriously wounded. Orianana King was taken to San Jacinto Hospital in Baytown, with less serious injuries. Roy Smith has been charged with 1st degree murder, other charges are pending.

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A fire destroyed a home on Ross Street in Liberty yesterday morning. According to Liberty Fire Captain Jennifer Huddleston, the home belonging to Jerry Duff Jr. was destroyed by what appears to be an accidental fire that started in the kitchen of the home. Angela Duff and her three children live in the home, but were not there when the fire started.

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Police officer Elaine Taylor of the Liberty PD said, Paula Salter, 38 of Hull was at fault when the mini-van she was driving struck the back of a pickup driven by David Nugent of Daisetta. The impact pushed his truck into one driven by Dalton Darby JR. of Dayton, who had stopped at the red light at that intersection. Salter was cited for failure to control speed. That wreck happened just after 10:30 yesterday morning. A little after 11 am Monday, a wreck on highway 90 at Layle drive sent three people to the hospital. Officer Taylor said the westbound car of George Adams hydroplaned, spinning into the path of eastbound Laura Guillen of Ames. George Adams, and her passengers, Lonnie Bell and Joel Austin, were taken to Liberty Dayton hospital. Adams was cited for failure to control speed and no liability insurance. Gullien was cited for no Drivers License and no insurance.

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FUNERALS: Bessie M. Keith Henderson, 91 of Hull-Daisetta. Services will be Thursday at 10 am at Pace Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton.

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 192, MONDAY OCT. 10TH, 2005-

Red Cross Service Center here relocated Sunday to N. Main Baptist Church in far north Liberty. Caseworkers will meet with storm victims wanting assistance from 9am.-6pm as long as needed. The Red Cross will only help financially those with major damage that renders the home uninhabitable. Those who have already applied will get a phone call to tell them if they are approved or not. Debit cards for those approved will be available this afternoon to those approved who applied last Friday. Approved applicants from Sat. will get calls Tuesday. Sunday’s applicants will hear Wednesday. Applicants need a picture ID. Homes of all applicants will be inspected prior to approval.

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After serving less than one year of a 4-year-term, Precinct #3 Constable Chip Fairchild of Hardin gave Co. Commissioners his resignation. The veteran lawman accepted an offer from his old boss, Sheriff Greg Arthur, to become Captain over the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division. Fairchild recommended Commissioners consider his Deputy Constable Danny Frankum to serve in his place. The resignation is effective October 15th.

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Sheriff’s Investigators say the body of 78-year-old Hazel Lang was found in her Big Thicket area home Sept.30th. A preliminary autopsy says cause of death was a heart attack. This may have been brought on by the extreme weather associated with Hurricane Rita. Mrs. Lang would be the 5th Liberty Co. fatality due, directly or indirectly, to Rita.

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FEMA Representatives remain at the Liberty County Courthouse to meet with residents seeking disaster assistance. FEMA Officials say they will stay through at least the end of this week, from 9am to 6pm daily in the 3rd Floor Courtroom. The elderly or disabled can apply on the 1st Floor Grand Jury Room. To date, over 1,000 have registered with FEMA at the Courthouse alone.

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The Liberty football team beat, previously undefeated Tarkington Friday, 46-10. The Dayton Broncos racked up another shut out win, this time over Smiley, 62-0. Barbers Hill defeated Cleveland 27 to 6. Hull-Daisetta and Hardin both rescheduled their district openers.

Early voting for Barbers Hill School District on $43.8 million in school construction bonds ends at 4PM Tuesday at the Barbers Hill school administration building. Election Day is Saturday October 15th.

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*LAKE RELEASES: 1,000 CFS ** LIBERTY BRIDGE 5.43 ASL

 

 

-VOLUME 20 NO. 191, FRIDAY OCT. 7TH, 2005-

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The American Red Cross will have caseworkers today through Wednesday of next week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the Fellowship Hall of Liberty’s 1st United Methodist Church. They will meet with residences applying for assistance at that time. They are not accepting phone calls.

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Power has been restored to the Hardin School District and all Hardin Schools reopen on Monday. Also, Brad Lane, Superintendent of the West Hardin ISD said classes would resume in that school district on Monday as well.

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Free Health Clinics for non-emergency medical care remain open through today at the North Liberty County EMS Building in Rye, at the Kenefick Civic Center, Calvary Baptist Church in Cleveland and the Hi-Way Tabernacle in Tarkington. Health Clinic locations for Saturday and Sunday are at the Hardin VFD on Hwy 146 and Hull-Daisetta High School on FM 787 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

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The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is Wednesday at Marian Hall at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Milam in Liberty. That is different from their normal location. This month’s speaker will be Mike Koen, Director of Liberty County EMS. The Louisiana native will talk about his trips to New Orleans to help after Hurricane Katrina. You can make reservations by calling the Liberty Dayton Chamber at 936 336 5736

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The Liberty Panthers are at Tarkington to face the Longhorns tonight while the Dayton Broncos travel to Smiley for a match up with the Golden Eagles. Listen to the games on All Nine Split Channel Sports starting with the Dayton Game at 7 p.m. The Liberty Game kicks off at 7:30 tonight. You can also listen to the games on line at kshn.com.

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FUNERALS: Jack Walton, 75, of Baytown, Services at 3 p.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church in Anahuac. ** Tommie Marie Lockard, 96, formerly of Dayton. Graveside services at noon today at the Linney Cemetery in Dayton. ** Byron Hildebrand, 80, of Anahuac, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahauc. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 190, THURSDAY OCT. 6TH, 2005-

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The Cities of Liberty and Dayton have joined with Liberty County to pick up storm debris through a contract with the U.S. Corps of Engineers. All residents except for those in the City of Cleveland should put all vegetative debris such as limbs, tree stumps and twigs out by the road or street before Monday for pick-up early next week. Other materials will also be picked up but must be kept separate from vegetation.

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Entergy’s Susan Gilley said earlier estimates that power would be restored to the Hardin area before Hull-Daisetta turned out opposite. Power has already been restored to many along FM 770 and FM 160 coming from Hull-Daisetta toward Liberty. The school buildings in the Hull-Daisetta ISD have power and Superintendent Steve Dozer said school would resume on Monday. Efforts to get electricity back in the Hardin area are continuing. Entergy has opened a Customer Information Center at Hardin City Hall to provide residents with latest updates.

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In spite of rampant rumors to the contrary, there are no caseworkers for the American Red Cross in Liberty County at this time. The Red Cross is assisting with meals and shelters only. When Red Cross assistance does come it will be done on a case-by-case basis depending on the amount of storm damage done to individual homes, to be verified by Red Cross workers.

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All high school football games in Hardin’s District 24-2A have been cancelled for this week. Hardin Head Coach Mike Morgan said a district executive committee meeting would determine the fate of the district schedule. The other schools in Hardin’s district are Newton, East Chambers, Kountze, West Hardin and Deweyville. Liberty and Dayton’s Varsity games will go on as scheduled tomorrow night. Liberty is at Tarkington for a 7;30 p.m. kick off while Dayton is at Smiley with kick off at 7. You can hear both games live on All Nine Split Channel Sports.

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The TVE has extended the deadline for the Public Speaking Contest Entries to October 7th. The competition is on Saturday October 15th and participation makes a student eligible to apply for TVE Scholarships in their Senior Year. Prepared speeches and entry forms can be dropped off at the Fairgrounds on FM 563 or mailed to PO Box 9047, Liberty, TX, 77575.

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 189, WEDNESDAY OCT. 5TH, 2005-

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Around midnight Monday, Liberty Fire Department was called to a vehicle fire off Hwy. 146. Fire Chief Fred Collins said a late model sport utility vehicle belonging to Rubio D. Felipe was destroyed by fire. There was radiant heat damage to the siding on Mr. Felipe’s manufactured home as well as smoke damage inside the dwelling. Chief Collins said the fire appears to have started in the engine compartment of the SUV. It’s cause remains under investigation.

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While the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital is closed for repairs, a free clinic is being opened in Rye on Highway 146 at the North Liberty Co. Emergency Medical Services Building which is about ¾ of a mile north of the intersection in Rye. Liberty County EMS, Dr. Danny Khine, and several nurse practitioners are volunteering their time. The clinic is free and opens this Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 am until 5 pm.

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A one-vehicle rollover off FM 160 in Raywood yesterday sent Ingrid Baines, 43, to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston by air ambulance. The Raywood woman suffered a head injury in the wreck and was airlifted as a precaution.

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Hardin Water Supply customers are asked to boil drinking water vigorously for 2 minutes before cooling and drinking. The water is fine for washing clothes, showering and cooking- only the drinking water needs to be boiled.

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Entergy’s Susan Gilley said company officials are sticking with their announced power restoration dates of the week of October 10th for the Hardin area and the week of October 17th in the Daisetta area. Ms. Gilley said much has been accomplished, but work is still underway to repair transmission lines that bring electricity from distant points to those areas.

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The Beaumont Social Security Office’s Kathryn Walker said her office is still without power and the Pt. Arthur Office must be relocated due to heavy damage. To find the social security office nearest you call 1-800-772-1213.

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FUNERALS: Earl Roy Eggleston, 73, of Houston, Services at 2 p.m. Friday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 188, TUESDAY OCT. 4TH, 2005-

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Roof damage has caused the Liberty Dayton Community Hospital to remain closed. Hospital Administrator Sean Stricker said they are working to get the facility open as soon as possible, but, some of the materials needed for repairs could take as long as five days to arrive. All services including the Emergency Room are suspended at this time.

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Starting today, there will be single serving meals provided for both the noon and evening meals at the Hull-Daisetta High School Parking lot and at the Kenefick Civic Center. Water and ice distribution continues at the Hardin Fire Department, Fitzpack Grocery in Moss Hill, at the Kenefick Fire Department, among other locations for as long as supplies last.

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Chief Communications officer for Sam Houston Electric Coop, Keith Stapleton said 72% of their customers are back on line, but 18,000 customers are still without power. He said 1,200 employees, both SHECO and contractors are working to restore power to every customer, however there is no word on a timetable.

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Anahuac ISD Superintendent Linda Barnhart, said electrical power has been restored to the High School and Elementary School. Middle school students will be relocated to the elementary school. All staff members are asked to report to their campuses tomorrow at 8 am. A general staff meeting will be Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 in the elementary cafeteria. Class starts back Thursday at its normal time, and buses will run their normal schedules as well.

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FEMA is warning those affected by Rita to beware of scam artists. Deal with licensed and insured contractors. Check References and get recommendations. Ask for proof of insurance. Make sure the contractor has both general liability insurance and workers compensation. Insist on, and take your time about, signing a contract. Get any guarantees in writing. Do not pay a contractor the full amount up front. A deposit of 1/3 of the total is standard, and pay by check or credit card.

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FUNERALS: Pauline Georgia Hearndon Cornelius, 86 of Liberty. Services today 2 p.m.-the First Assembly of God Church in Liberty **

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-VOLUME 20 NO. 187, MONDAY OCT. 3RD, 2005-

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According to Trevor Stolzenburg with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA Representatives will be at the Liberty County Courthouse again today, registering those who need disaster assistance. Stolzenburg said in most cases, help from FEMA will come rapidly and food stamps can be expedited for those who qualify. To date, FEMA reports almost 600 Liberty County residents have registered for help at the Courthouse in the wake of Hurricane Rita. Trevor Stolzenburg said he and his staff would remain at the courthouse until they are no longer needed. You can also call 800-621-FEMA or register for help on line at www.fema.gov.

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Schools in Liberty and Dayton reopen today and the Cleveland ISD is asking staff to return today. Cleveland and Tarkington Schools open tomorrow. The Devers ISD is requesting staff return to work on Wednesday. Classes in Devers resume on Thursday. Two County School Districts still remain without power. There is no expected opening date for either the Hardin or Hull-Daisetta ISD.

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Individuals planning to file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy protection are facing a deadline. New federal legislation effective October 17th will make it more difficult for a debtor to file for bankruptcy. The law is geared toward giving creditors more rights and puts new limits on the amount of personal property a person can keep. It also restricts who is eligible to file. The Eastern District Court in Beaumont is closed for at least the next 30 days due to storm damage. Those filing for bankruptcy in this area can still do so, all functions of the Beaumont Court have been shifted to the Federal District Court in Tyler

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The Dayton Broncos defeated Channelview 32 to 0 in a rare Saturday game. Next, Dayton hosts Smiley this Friday night.

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FUNERALS: Peggy Fregia, 71, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Nancy Whitten Newkirk, 91, of Shenandoah, Graveside services at 2 p.m. today at the Guedry Cemetery in Batson. ** Virginia LaCour Semien, 85, of Raywood, Services at 10 a.m. today at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Houston. ** Sue Ann Edmonson, 64, of Hull, Services are Tuesday at 3 p.m. at 1st Assembly of God Church in Dayton.

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