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January 2004

-VOLUME 19 NO. 23, WEDNESDAY FEB. 4TH, 2004-

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The fire that destroyed the manufactured home of Tammy Nichols in the Dayton Oaks Subdivision off Hwy 321, yesterday evening is being called suspicious. Volunteer firefighters from the Hwy 321, Kenefick and Dayton departments responded when neighbors reportedly noticed smoke coming from the home shortly after seeing the owner leave. Firefighters fought for almost an hour to extinguish the blaze, but the residence was completely destroyed. 321 Assistant Volunteer Fire Chief Jon Sommers said an arson investigation had been called for.

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At yesterday’s Team City Dayton Meeting, Juan Martinez of Jonathan Kagan Properties provided the timeline for construction of Dayton’s new Walgreen’s store to be built on the site of the Dayton ISD Administration Building on Hwy 90. Martinez said the store should have an opening date sometime in September. The new 14,000 square foot pharmacy will offer a 3-lane drive-thru for prescription pick up with 10 full-time employees as well as numerous part-timers.

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The deadline to register to vote in the March 9th Primary Election is coming up on Monday Feb. 9th. County Tax Assessor Collector Mark McClelland recommends registering in person at the County Tax Office in Liberty or in Cleveland. The last day to request a mail-in ballot is March 2nd.

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Last Saturday’s benefit to raise money to help pay the medical expenses of Liberty’s Josh Burke brought an estimated $30,000. Josh was seriously injured in an auto wreck that resulted in the amputation of one arm. He had no medical insurance.

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The Liberty County YMCA is continuing to grow with new programs being added for all ages. Registration is underway now for “Y” aerobics classes plus flag football, adult soccer and volleyball as well as the new performing arts programs. For more information, call the YMCA at 936-257-2888.

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According to Director Donna Guillory, the Dayton Housing Authority is planning the renovation of six units originally built in the 1960’s. Federal funding will provide for new roofs, kitchen remodeling and sheet rock repairs among other renovations. The project is set to begin in the next 90 days.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.91 ASL*

-VOLUME 19 NO. 22, TUESDAY FEB. 3RD, 2004-

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The big news from the University Interscholastic League Realignments announced yesterday is that both Hardin and Hull-Daisetta move to lower classifications. After decades in Class 2-A, Hull-Daisetta drops to Class-A competition in District 23. The new district includes Burkville, Chester, Colmesneil, Evadale and High Island along with Darrell Barbay’s Bobcats. Hardin has been Class 3-A in recent years, but now goes back to Class 2-A in District 23 with Deweyville, Kountze, Newton, West Hardin and East Chambers. Dayton does not change class, but is now in District 19 with the same opponents as before. Liberty’s new District 23-3A includes Cleveland, Huffman, Tarkington, Barbers Hill, and Splendora.

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Early voting for the March 9th Primary Elections starts Feb. 22nd and continues through March 5th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Liberty County Courthouse, the Cleveland Annex and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the 1st Baptist Church in Dayton. Early voting is also scheduled at those three locations from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 29th. Early voting opportunities are also set from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23rd at the Raywood Fire Station, Feb. 24th at the Tarkington School Bldg., Feb. 25th at Hardin Middle School and Feb. 26th at the Hull-Daisetta Business Office.

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The Texas Department of Transportation will hold public hearings in both Liberty and Chambers Counties on the new “Trans-Texas Corridor”, a network of roads, rail and a dedicated utility zone to move people, goods and utilities through the state quickly and safely. The first is on Feb. 10th at the Ft. Anahuac Park American Legion Hall at 4 p.m. The second is at the TxDot Office on Layle Drive in Liberty on Feb. 12th, also at 4 p.m.

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For the 10th consecutive year, KSHN Radio is featuring a series we call “African-American Firsts”. Airing several times daily throughout this Black History Month, it pays tribute to the extraordinary achievements by Black Men and Women in invention, education, entertainment, sports, military service, art, science, politics, religion and medicine. The series is narrated by former KSHN employees Michael Mark and Lori Richard.

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FUNERAL: George William Cook, 76,of Hull, Services at 10 a.m. today at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.64 ASL*

-VOLUME 19 NO. 21, MONDAY FEB. 1ST, 2004-

At last Thursday’s public meeting on the Cox Road Waste Dump, Fred McCoy, owner of the nearby White Wing Subdivision called for to continue their search for dangerous contaminants in areas surrounding the old petrochemical dump site off FM 1413. McCoy produced copies of a written statement from a Harry S. Moreland who told of legal abuses by the landfill’s former owner, C.P. Joiner and called into question what kind of toxic materials might be dumped there. As reported, months of testing by the TCEQ and the EPA found no evidence that any hazardous substances found at the dump site itself have migrated to the water or soil outside it.

****************************************************Today at 9 a.m., The UIL releases their reclassification and realignment charts for the next two years in Texas High Schools. This determines the size classification of your favorite high school and the district they will compete in for football and basketball. There is a slight chance Hardin might drop to Class AA. It is likely Hull Daisetta will drop to Class A.

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District Attorney Mike Little said the suspects in three murders in Liberty County this past year have been indicted by a grand jury. Chris Badaal is formally charged by the Grand Jury for the shooting death of the 56-year-old owner of Frank’s Tire Shop in Liberty last month. Marlow W. Reynolds, 50, is under indictment for the murder of 36-year-old Leslie Ledford, whose body was discovered in a burning trash pit on Reynolds property on September 22nd. Also indicted on a charge of murder is Martin Rivera, 40, for the stabbing death of his estranged wife at her Kay Street home in Liberty in October..

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Entries are now being accepted for the 2004 Liberty Jubilee Parade on March 27th at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “ A Salute to the Military”. Trophies will be awarded in five divisions: There is no cost to enter and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Nick Vaught at 936-336-5449. . ****************************************************Anahuac Wildlife Refuge will close the Shovelor Pond tour route by vehicle February 9th -21st. while work is going on Hikers are welcome during the period. .

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FUNERALS:**William T. Mathis Jr., 82, of Liberty.Services today at 11 a.m. at Pace Stancil in Dayton.**Wanda Jean Dowdell, 52, of Daisetta. Services held yesterday. .

*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.45 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 20, FRIDAY JAN. 30TH, 2004-

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Many of those attending last night’s public meeting on the Cox Rd. dump site at Dayton Hi questioned the findings by environmental experts showing no danger to residents of subdivisions near the Waste Dump. As reported, test results from both the TCEQ and the EPA determined no dangerous levels of toxic materials have migrated from the dumpsite off FM 1413 to surrounding areas. Residents of those areas insisted the testing did not go far enough and further investigation needs to be done. An evaluation is still ongoing to determine how and when a clean up of the old petrochemical dump which, in fact, does contain dangerous materials, could begin. TCEQ officials on hand last night admitted that while that assessment should be completed within 30 days, there is no way to estimate how many months or even years it would take for any clean up to begin.

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Liberty County Commissioners approved continuing the county’s general liability, automobile, property and equipment insurance through Allsurance in Liberty. Owner Dennis Odell said the new policy will have only minimal changes with an annual premium of $371, 258. That’s 4% more than last year, but Odell said the underwriter is a top rated company that has in the past, even accepted claims not required under the agreement.

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Tomorrow’s benefit for Josh Burk will include a replacement blood drive. The fundraiser to help pay medical expenses for the 20-year-old Liberty man, seriously injured in a wreck several weeks ago, is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Liberty VFW Hall on Main at Texas Street. Dorothy Nettles, Volunteer Coordinator for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, said the blood drive is from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mrs. Nettles said replacement blood can be given for any of several Liberty County folks who have needed blood recently. The benefit for Josh Burk includes a fish fry, silent auction and a baked goods sale.

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The deadline to pay 2003 property taxes is tomorrow, but since the 31st falls on a Saturday, payment can still be made in person at the Liberty County Tax Office by the close of business on Monday Feb. 2nd without penalty.

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FUNERAL: Jackie Lambright, 87, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Liberty Church of Christ.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 13,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.45 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 19, THURSDAY JAN. 29TH, 2004-

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One of South Liberty County’s very special people has died. Triphene Swindle Middleton was an active and dedicated mainstay in the leadership of the 1st United Methodist Church of Liberty for many years. She and her late husband, legendary rancher and oilman, Mayes Middleton, built the Middleton Memorial Methodist Church in Wallisville and founded the Wallisville Heritage Park. Mrs. Middleton was 92.

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Liberty Police have charged Christopher George Henscey, 25, of Dayton with burglary for allegedly breaking in to Griffin’s Liberty Pharmacy on Grand Avenue in Liberty early Tuesday morning. The building’s electric meter was reportedly destroyed in an attempt to disable any alarms, but a battery back up kept the system active and the silent alarm brought police to the scene. Henscey was reportedly apprehended fleeing the building and, at last report, remained jailed on a $7,500 bond.

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Liberty County residents are reminded that the deadline to pay 2003 property taxes without penalty is Saturday January 31st. County Tax Assessor/Collector Mark McClelland said since the last day of the month falls on a weekend, payment can also be made in person at the tax office by Monday Feb. 2nd without penalty. All payments by mail must be postmarked by January 31st to avoid penalties. The County Tax Office is open until 6 p.m. today and tomorrow. Mark McClelland urges those who cannot make full payment to try and pay a portion of the total, since penalties and interest begin after Feb. 2nd at 7% and increase each successive month.

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Volunteers are still needed for Saturday’s benefit for 20-year-old Josh Burk. The Liberty man suffered injuries in a wreck several weeks ago that resulted in amputation of one arm below the elbow. Proceeds from the fish fry, silent auction and baked goods sale will help pay Josh Burk’s medical expenses. The benefit is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Liberty VFW Hall. If you would like to help, call Linda Iler at 936-336-2469.

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FUNERALS: Burley James Semien, 42, of Ames, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Miles Baptist Church in Ames. ** Wilburn Hill, 91, of Hankamer, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Wells Mortuary in Liberty. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS *LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.74 ASL*

-VOLUME 19 NO. 18, WEDNESDAY JAN. 28TH, 2004-

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According to information from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, final test results of the area surrounding the Cox Road Waste Dump off FM 1413 show no danger to residents in nearby subdivisions. A joint investigation by the TCEQ and the EPA has concluded that while hazardous materials have been found at the more-than-thirty-year-old petrochemical dumpsite itself, the soil and drinking water the surrounding area are safe. The TCEQ has scheduled a public hearing tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Dayton High School to present their findings to Liberty County residents.

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Liberty County Commissioners met with local judges and attorneys in workshop session yesterday to discuss the taxpayer expense associated with so-called “cluster-courts” that use visiting judges to hear Child Protective Services cases. The courts can present an enormous unbudgeted expense to the county and 253rd District Judge Chap Cain told commissioners the cost could total a quarter-million dollars in the coming year.

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Liberty County Adult Probation Supervisor Steve Swann said his offices and staff will begin moving into their new location in the Old Fair Store Building on Main Street in Liberty next week That move expected to be completed around February 11th. The County Juvenile Probation Offices will also be moving from rented space on Sam Houston Street. County Commissioners approved leasing the building at 118 Trinity where District Clerk Melody Gilmore’s office was housed during the mold removal project as the new location for Juvenile Probation.

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The 5th Annual Liberty County Black History Program is this Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Liberty Middle School Auditorium on Grand Avenue. Sponsored by the Liberty County Historical Commission, the program will feature a presentation by local historian Robert L. Schaadt on the history of the West Liberty School and the Liberty Development School. There will also be special awards and musical presentations.

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The Hardin Middle School Cheerleaders placed 6th overall in this past weekend’s Cheer Power National Championships at Moody Gardens in Galveston. Cheer Coach Robyn Thornton said this is the first Hardin squad to attend the National Championships.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 22,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.38 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 17, TUESDAY JAN. 27TH, 2004-

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Dayton Police have identified the apparent suicide victim found Friday as 20-year-old Kasy Randy Cortez of Vale, Oregon. The man’s body was discovered hanging from the Union Pacific train signal near the Hwy 321 Underpass. He is believed to have only lived in this area for about three months. Investigators believe Cortez committed suicide but an autopsy has been ordered.

****************************************************According to Liberty City Manager Allen Barnes, the Director of the City of Liberty’s new Office of Economic Development will not be Hank Simpson as was originally announced. Simpson apologized but said yesterday that due to personal issues he could not resolve, he is unable to accept the newly created position. Allen Barnes said the second choice among the many applicants for the job is Jerry Grooms, former Economic Director for Matagorda County. Jerry Grooms’ first day on the job is next Monday February 2nd.

****************************************************Liberty County will receive more than $50,000 in federal funds to supplement local emergency food and shelter programs. The money has been allocated by the National Emergency Food and Shelter Board and will awarded to those non-profit agencies that can deliver and/or supply these emergency services. Any agencies or organizations interested in applying can contact the local Board Chairman Ronnie Reich at 936-336-8647. The deadline to apply is February 12th.

****************************************************The Dayton ISD is seeking nominations for their Wall of Fame, honoring former district teachers, administrators, counselors, librarians or school nurses who have demonstrated outstanding character, leadership and service. Three nominees are selected each year to be added to the Wall of Fame. Nominations need to be turned in to Superintendent Greg Hayman’s office by next Monday. Nomination forms are available at the DISD Administration Offices. For more information, call 258-2667.

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FUNERALS: Samuel Adel “Sam” Massey, 88, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. ** Deborah Anderson, 47, of Dayton, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Burly James Semien, 42, of Ames, Services pending at Wells Mortuary in Liberty. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 22,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.38 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 16, MONDAY JAN. 26TH, 2004-

Friday morning American Rice Growers employees arriving at work in Dayton found the body of a young man hanging from a Union Pacific train signal between the rice dryer and the Hwy 321 Underpass in downtown Dayton.. Police say the man is 20-years-old and a former resident of Oregon. He has lived in Dayton for about 3 months. Dayton Police still have not revealed his identity. Justice of the Peace Precinct #4 Glenn Pruitt has ordered an autopsy performed. Suicide is the probable cause..

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bank. Liberty Prosperity Bank President Gary Vandeventer said those who get the e-mail should not respond to it but notify your bank or the real FDIC email address: alert@fdic.gov.

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The Dayton Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the city’s new Planning Commission. Dayton City Planner Brian LaBorde said the commission would consist of seven members appointed by council to be avsiors to council to review preliminary development plats, hear variance requests and make recommendations to council. Applications are available at Dayton City Hall until 5pm February 12th. ****************************************************The Liberty Co. and Chambers Co. Ag Symposium is set for February 5th at the 1st Liberty National Bank Reservations are required call.336-4558 ext.221. Sign up by this Friday at 5 p.m .***************************************************A company is calling local stores and asking them to buy advertisement on the Dayton Bronco Football Schedule for next season. Dayton Coach. Jerry Stewart said the Broncos do not endorse this effort. If they did Coach Stewart will supply them with a letter on Bronco letterhead.

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FUNERALS: George H. Williamson, 57, of Hull, Services held Saturday.**Bill M. Warnke, 74, of Crosby. Services 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling funeral home Dayton.**Paul J. Dowdy, 62, of Dayton. Services today at 11a.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home Dayton. , ****************************************************

*LAKE RELEASE: 22,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 17.25 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 15, FRIDAY JAN. 23RD, 2004-

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Speaking at Wednesday’s Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon, Liberty County EMS Director Mike Koen told those attending that failure to create a South Liberty County Hospital District could mean the loss of Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital. We have reported the financial burden of almost $1 million a year in unpaid emergency treatment costs the local hospital is carrying. Koen said loss of the hospital would mean increased costs in manpower and equipment to ambulance services that would be passed on to local government. It is hoped Liberty County Commissioners will hold an election on the hospital district issue early in May.

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Dayton School Trustees voted Tuesday to change some polling locations for the next school board election. In the interests of easing voter confusion, voting boxes #10, #26, #22 and #31 will be consolidated at the new Dayton ISD Administration Offices at 100 Cherry Creek. Box #14 remains at St. Anne’s Parish Hall, Boxes #21 and #29 stay at Kenefick City Hall and boxes ##24 and #30 will stay the Westlake Volunteer Fire Station. The filing period for candidates in the May 15th election begins on February 14th. Dayton Trustees with expiring terms are Position #1 Trustee Luke Chachere and Position #2 Trustee Dale Brown.

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The Liberty School Board approved hiring Goodwin and Lassiter, a consulting engineering firm to conduct an extensive traffic flow study on Jefferson Drive near the new Liberty Middle School. Assistant Superintendent Tommy Davis said the City of Liberty has agreed to pay half the $6,000 cost.

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The 20-year-old Liberty man suffered injuries in a wreck that led to the amputation of one arm at the elbow, and he has no medical insurance. The benefit is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a fish fry, silent auction and bake sale. Tickets are $7. For more information, call 936-336-2469 or e-mail anyam@sbcglobal.net.

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FUNERALS: Allen Moore, 69, of Liberty, Graveside services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Liberty City Cemetery. ** George Howard Williamson, 57, of Hull, Services are pending at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 10,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 16.35 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 14, THURSDAY JAN. 22nd, 2004-

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Dayton School Trustees voted Tuesday night to reconfigure the grade level structure of their campuses. Superintendent Greg Hayman said the difference in teaching techniques between grades, especially 5th and 6th grades, is one of several factors that prompted the changes. Beginning with the 2004-2005 School Year, Colbert Elementary will house only Pre-K students, while Kindergarten and 1st grade attend Stephen F. Austin. 2nd and 3rd grades stay at Richter Elementary, but the new Kimmie M. Brown School will open with 4th and 5th grade students. The 6th grade classes go to Nottingham Elementary, 7th and 8th stay at Woodrow Wilson and Dayton High School remains unchanged.

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Mark Sjolander, Manager of the CMC Rail Yard in Dayton said 29-year-old Preston LaFour suffered severe injuries Monday night when a rail car ran over both feet. The CMC employee was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, where he is reported resting comfortably. Sjolander said LaFour lost one foot in the accident and suffered some damage to the other.

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The reward for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Charles Langston has risen to $23,000. The Cleveland Logging Company owner was found shot to death at his business on March 27th 2003 during an apparent robbery attempt. Also found dead was Darion Ray Randles, believed to be a suspect in that robbery. Anyone with information can contact Cleveland Crime Stoppers at 281-592-0800. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Dayton Fifth Grader Chris Clover has been selected as one of 3,000 kids, ages 11 through 18 from around the Houston area to take part in the Super Bowl XXXIII Youth Clinic at Houston Texans Practice Field next to Reliant Stadium this Saturday. Former Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Nat Moore has assembled more than 30 NFL players to teach football basics and provide inspirational messages to the kids.

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The 12th Annual “Bronco Stampede” 5K Run and Walk is this Saturday at 9 a.m. at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High on Hwy 146 in Dayton. Cost to enter is $15 per person and awards will be given to the best finishers in several age groups. All proceeds benefit Project Prom at DHS. To sign up, call 258-2510, Ext. 2520.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 6,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 16.35 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 12, TUESDAY JAN. 20TH, 2004-

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Liberty County Republican Party Chair Richard Pegues said he expects the question over whether or not Danna Lee of Dayton can run for Liberty County Treasurer on the March Primary Ballot to be settled by the end of the week. We reported that both State Election Attorney Ann McGehan and Republican State Senator Tommy Williams said in their opinions no vacancy exists for the office of Treasurer until the appeals on Janet Harrelson’s criminal convictions are final or until her term expires. Pegues said there are still questions to be answered before a decision is made about Mrs. Lee’s candidacy.

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Liberty Police said an argument between roommates ended with the shooting of Eugenio Perez, 30, by 65-year-old Modesto Garcia Sunday afternoon at their home on Louisiana Street. The two men were reportedly arguing outside the residence when Garcia went inside and came out firing a .22 caliber gun, hitting Perez once in the upper chest. Perez is said to be in stable condition at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown. Modesto Garcia is wanted for questioning only.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is tomorrow at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital Administrator Sean Stricker and Liberty County EMS Director Mike Koen will discuss plans to create a South Liberty County Hospital District and Pappy’s Barbecue will supply lunch for $6 a plate. Chamber President Mary Anne Campbell said they are expecting a big crowd so reservations are necessary. Call the Liberty-Dayton Chamber Office at 936-336-5736.

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Reservations are being accepted for Arts and Crafts and Food Booth spaces at the 2004 Dayton Ole Tyme Days Festival on April 16th and 17th. Cost of a booth space is $55 for one day or $75 for both days. Electricity access is limited, but available for an additional charge of $15. The deadline to reserve booth spaces is March 31st. For more information, call 258-3567.

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FUNERALS: Gary Dakota Carr, 13, of Anahuac, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. ** Dean Travis Wiggins, 17, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 17.77 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 11, FRIDAY JAN. 16TH, 2004-

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said a second suspect is sought in the robbery of the Raywood Post Office on January 2nd. As reported, a lone gunman reportedly held up a postal clerk, stealing a small amount of cash, money orders and a money order machine. Postal investigators arrested a man in Louisiana for allegedly attempting to cash a stolen money order, but Sheriff Arthur said evidence indicates he is not the gunman. A second attempt to cash one of the money orders at the Nome Liquor Store yesterday has police searching for a pair of black males, last seen headed west on Hwy 90 in a green Nissan four-door, license number JKP85X. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 936-336-4500.

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Longtime Ames resident Raymond Donatto strongly criticized the proposed annexations by the City of Liberty at a public hearing Tuesday, even comparing the city’s expansion to Adolph Hitler’s seizure of European Countries. Mayor Bruce Halstead told Donatto he was offended by that reference and stressed that Liberty had no plans to annex Ames as Donatto was suggesting.

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The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is Wednesday at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital Administrator Sean Stricker and Liberty County EMS Director Mike Koen will provide information on the proposed creation of a South Liberty County Hospital District. Call 336-5736 for reservations.

****************************************************The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty will be closed Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday. All Dayton City Offices will be open for their regular business hours. Garbage service will run as scheduled in both Liberty and Dayton on Monday. All banks and post offices will also be closed for the holiday.

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FUNERALS: Margarite Tidwell, 84, of Arp, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sharon Baptist Church in Tyler. ** Minnie Thomas Tuttle, 90, of Devers, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Hardin United Pentecostal Church. ** Gene Ricks, Jr., Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Ricks Sr., of Houston, Memorial Service at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. James Methodist Church in Anahuac. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.54 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 10, THURSDAY JAN. 15TH, 2004-

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After roughly nine months and $1.7 million, the massive renovation, restoration and mold removal project at the historic Liberty County Courthouse is finished. As of this week, County Attorney Jack Hartel, the last official in temporary offices during the work, has returned to the courthouse. County Judge Lloyd Kikrham said he could not be more pleased, not only by the quality of the work on the 1931 building, but by how smoothly courthouse operations continued with more than half the county offices relocating while the project was underway.

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According to Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital Administrator Sean Stricker, a petition will be presented to Liberty County Commissioners to call and election on establishing a South Liberty County Hospital District. The district, if approved by voters would provide a community funding source for medical services for those living in the Hardin, Hull-Daisetta, Devers, Liberty and Dayton School Districts through a recommended tax rate of 6.54 cents per $100 on taxable property. Stricker said it is expected an election on the hospital district proposal will be set for May of this year.

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The public is invited to the Annual Liberty County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at Dayton High School. The keynote speaker is Cleveland Mayor Monique McDuffie, with music by the Dayton High School Choir and a history of the Civil Rights Movement from a small town perspective. For information, call 936-336-7393.

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The Liberty Rotary Club’s 52nd Annual Fish and Oyster Supper is tomorrow night from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Liberty City Hall. Cost is $12 for all you can eat and a drive thru will be available on the West Side of City Hall. This year’s supper is dedicated to the memory of Lewie Majors for his 47 years of service to Rotary.

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FUNERALS: Rothwell Joseph “Roth” Tims, 51, formerly of Liberty, Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty. ** Robert Damek, 78, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Beulah E. Jones Heathman, 93, formerly of Devers, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.11 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 09, WEDNESDAY JAN. 14TH, 2004-

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DPS Sgt. Ryan Arthur said Leonard Ashford of Moss Bluff was southbound on FM 563 south of CR # 133 yesterday around 4:30 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle negotiating a curve in the roadway. The vehicle flipped and rolled several times. While Ashford was wearing a seatbelt, his wife, Donna, a passenger in the vehicle was not. She was ejected, landing some 50 feet from where the vehicle came to rest. The couple was taken to Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston in serious condition.

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Party Chair Richard Pegues said the Liberty County Republican Party would fight any legal action taken to prevent Danna Lee of Dayton from running for Liberty County Treasurer. As reported, Democratic Party Officials say there is no vacancy for that office, while Janet Harrelson’s appeal on the criminal convictions that resulted in her suspension are ongoing. Pegues has said the fact that Harrelson was never sworn in for her elected term does suggest a vacancy. As reported, it is an issue that will almost certainly be decided by a judge.

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While a new state law prohibits driving motor vehicles on Texas river banks and beds, in Liberty County, at least, boaters can still launch their crafts from there. Game Warden Danny Diaz said listener complaints about a report aired on KSHN Radio concerning the new law prompted him to request and get an exemption from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department allowing residents to drive to the water’s edge and launch their boats. It is still illegal to drive vehicles along riverbanks.

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The Dayton Chamber of Commerce 3rd Annual Banquet is tomorrow night at 6:30 in the Dayton High School Cafeteria. In addition to honoring both incoming and outgoing Chamber Officers, the event features Texas Humorist and Storyteller Morris Eickenhorst as guest speaker. Tickets are $20 each and available by calling the Dayton Chamber at 936-257-2393.

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FUNERALS: Welton H. Mosely, 80, of Tarkington Prairie, Services at 10 a.m. Friday at Rural Shade Baptist Church in Tarkington Prairie. ** Edmund Dampier II, 16, of Huffman, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Rothwell “Roth” Tims, 51, formerly of Liberty, Memorial Services pending. **

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.32 ASL*

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 08, TUESDAY JAN. 13TH, 2004-

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The new 56 room Best Western Dayton Inn and Suites should be open by the end of this month. Owner Harbhajan Singh and his wife bought the Sands Motel and moved to Dayton in 1990. Now they realize their dream with construction on this new Hotel/Motel. An Open House in February will showoff their 2.8 million dollar investment. 12 rooms are suites with Jacuzzi and kitchens There is a marble entry, balcony overlooking the lobby, high speed internet connections in each room, meeting room for community or guest events and more. Future plans call for a major restaurant chain on the property. The Singh’s new 3800 square foot home is on the rear of the grounds.

****************************************************The Chambers Co. Sheriff’s Dept. is investigating the death of Christopher Russell, of Anahuac. He was found apparently murdered in his car at Sutterfields Trailer Park in Anahuac Sat. morning. If you have information call the Chambers Co Sheriff Dept. at 409-267-8318 or crime stoppers at 409-267-3233 ****************************************************The Liberty County Chapter of the American Cancer Society has set April 23rd and 24th for the Relay for Life at Dayton’s Bronco Stadium. Last Year a state best per capita $111,766 was raised countywide. For information on entering a team call 298-2938 ****************************************************Long time local Police Officer, 53 year old William John Haines died Monday after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was originally a Liberty County reserve Deputy in August of 1985, but went full time in April 1989. He remained on the Department as a Detective until 2000, at which time he went to work as a Lieutenant for the Kountze Police Department. . ****************************************************The Liberty County Metro Go-Texan dance will be January 24th from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the Elks Lodge in Liberty on FM 563. Cost is $ 10 per person. All tickets are at the door. Popular regional band Zona Jones and the Swing West Band will provide entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship fund, from which Liberty County Seniors receive at least $ 60,000 per year in scholarship money.

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FUNERALS:**William John Haines, 53, of Aransas Pass. Services tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty**Wiley Cecil Arnold Jr., 84, of Dayton. Services today at 2 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 07, MONDAY JAN. 12TH, 2004-

****************************************************The new Dayton ISD Admin. Building is almost finished, ahead of schedule and under budget. DISD sold their present business office site, at 90 & 321 for more than $930,000 to make way for a new Walgreen’s Store Myron McDowell-job Superintendent for Boyd Arnold Builders in Dayton, says he hopes to hand over keys to the 9500 square foot building as early as Feb. 10th. with space & features their present building does not have

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Liberty Police Chief Bill Griffin says Chris Badaahl, of Lufkin, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of “Ram” Durgapersad, 56, of Liberty-last Thursday afternoon. Police believe Badaahl, former owner of Frank’s Tire Shop in Liberty, went to the Hwy 90 business and shot the present owner, who died in surgery at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont around 4 a.m. Friday. Baytown Police apprehended the suspect Thursday night. A last report Chris Badaahl remains in the Liberty County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond set by District Judge Chap Cain.

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Liberty County Commissioners met last Tuesday and approved the purchase of the old Fair Store Building at 418 Main Street. That building has served as temporary quarters for several county offices during the mold removal and renovation project at the courthouse. Owner Jill Kirkonis said the some $40,000 the county has already paid in rent would be deducted from $195,000 price tag. The building will house a new home for the Adult Probation Offices.

**************************************************** The Hardin Middle School Cheerleaders competed at Moody Gardens in Galveston, over the weekend, in The America’s Best Cheerleaders competition. Hardin 6th grade teacher and cheer coach, Robyn Thornton, said her girls snared 1st place. That earned them a berth at the next level but they had already agreed to another national competition and will keep that earlier commitment. Now that cheerleading team from Hardin Junior High will compete in a national event called “Cheer Power”. It’s also at Moody Gardens on January 23rd and 24th.

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FUNERALS: Stazie Peska Shimek, 88, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Lena Thornton-Wallace, 87, of Houston, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 06, FRIDAY, JAN. 9TH, 2004-

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Liberty Police say the suspect in a shooting at Frank’s Tire Shop in Liberty yesterday afternoon was apprehended by Baytown Police in Baytown around 8:20 last night. Chris Badaahl, said to be in his fifties, now living in Lufkin, but formerly of Liberty allegedly shot the business owner Ramdath Durgapersad, 56 then fled. Badaahl is the former owner of Frank’s Tire Shop, but investigators still have not established a motive for the shooting. The victim, who is known as “Ram” underwent surgery last night and is reported in stable condition at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Liberty Police Chief Bill Griffin said Badaahl would be returned to Liberty to face charges in the shooting.

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Liberty City Manager Allen Barnes said recent notices from Time-Warner to their subscribers concerning rate increases are misleading. The Cable Company reportedly told customers the slight rate increase was due to the city raising the franchise fee that every utility pays to do business there. Barnes said the city did no such thing. The City Manager said Time-Warner informed him of the rate increase, citing numerous reasons that had nothing to do with franchise fees the city charges.

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Liberty School Trustees met in workshop session Tuesday to discuss suggestions on how to reduce the district’s expenses gathered by Superintendent Dr. Patty Shafer from district teachers, staff and patrons. Trustees ruled out one proposal to reduce the number of “leave” days for district teachers. Dr. Shafer pointed out that it would be extremely controversial if implemented and would actually save only about $10,000 of the reported $600,000 budget shortfall after a state funding cut.

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A recently passed ordinance by the Hardin City Council requires every home and business in that city’s limits to connect to the new sewer system, which is now under construction. Hardin City Councilman Alan Tidwell said there are approximately 70 homes that have not yet signed up and they are encouraged to contact Hardin City Hall to make arrangements to do so. That number is 298-2117. Construction on the new sewer system is expected to take some 18 months to finish.

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FUNERAL: Jeanine Brocco, 58, of Killeen, Services at 10 a.m. today at 1st Baptist Church in Liberty.

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 05, THURSDAY JAN. 8TH, 2004-

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DPS Sgt. Ryan Arthur said 38-year-old Marvin Douglas of Beaumont appears to have crossed the center stripe on Hwy 105 east of Moss Hill shortly after 6 a.m. yesterday, causing a wreck that left four vehicles heavily damaged, but amazingly no major injuries. Also involved in the accident were Ronald Bassett, 41, also of Beaumont, 28-year-old Jacob Brewer of North Carolina and Gordan Greer, 37, the driver of a utility van. Two of the vehicles hit head-on and burned, but their drivers, Bassett and Brewer were taken to Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital with minor injuries. The highway was closed until 11:25 a.m. when environmental clean up crews were done at the site.

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said a suspect in last Friday’s armed robbery of the Raywood Post Office is now in custody. Postal inspectors reportedly arrested a man believed to be the gunman who held up postal worker Sarah Jones when he tried to cash one of the stolen money orders in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Sheriff Arthur said federal officers are not releasing any further information on the suspect at this time.

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Now that the new U.S. Congressional redistricting map is approved by federal judges new voter registration cards will be mailed to Liberty County voters. County Tax Assessor/Collector Mark McClelland said each card would have residents’ voting precinct number and March Primary ballots would have the congressional candidates for that district. We reported yesterday that County Commissioners created five new voting precincts to comply with the new redistricting map.

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The Dayton Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd Annual Banquet is next Thursday January 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the Dayton High School Cafeteria. The guest speaker this year is humorist Morris Eikienhorst and dinner will be catered by Pappy’s BBQ. Tickets are $20 each. For reservations, call 936-257-2393.

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FUNERALS: Roy E. Carlson, 93, of Liberty, Memorial Service at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Liberty Worship Center. ** Hattie Mae Redmon, 75, of Liberty, Services at 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty. ** Marvin H. Wells, 88, of Dayton, Graveside services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Madisonville City Cemetery. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 04, WEDNESDAY JAN. 7TH, 2004-

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The decision by federal judges in Austin to approve the new Republican-backed congressional redistricting map means that map is in effect for the March Primary Election. As reported, the map divides Liberty County into two separate congressional districts and neither includes current Congressman Jim Turner. District #18 Democratic State Representative Dan Ellis said the ruling would almost certainly be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. District #4 Republican State Senator Tommy Williams said he does not believe the High Court would actually agree to hear that appeal. The special filing period for U.S. Congressional candidates only is from January 11th through January 16th.

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A spokesperson for the Office of the Texas Secretary of State said local election officials should decide the question of whether Danna Lee of Dayton or anyone else can legally run for the Office of Liberty County Treasurer. The Secretary of State said they would offer assistance in interpreting election law..

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Just hours prior to the federal court ruling that upheld Texas new congressional redistricting map, Liberty County Commissioners met and moved ahead with preparations for a change in county voting precincts. County Tax Assessor/Collector Mark McClelland said federal election law prohibits voting precincts being split into two congressional districts, so commissioners approved the creation of five new voting precincts, even though two of them have no registered voters, in order to comply.

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Hardin City Officials said J & D Construction Co. is scheduled to begin installing wastewater collection lines for the city’s new sewer system today. A recently passed ordinance requires all homes and businesses located in the city limits to connect to the new system. Total cost of the new sewer system is $6.5 million. Any residents with questions or concerns can call 298-2117.

****************************************************FUNERALS: Gladys Marie Dickerson, 54, of Houston, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Liberty. ** Floretta Lewis, 94, of Hankamer, Services at 1 p.m. Friday at Wells Mortuary in Liberty. ** Minnie Lee Blue, 80, of Hankamer, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at St. John’s Baptist Church in Hankamer. ** Patricia Ann Hodges, 65,of Huffman, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church of Huffman.

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 03, TUESDAY JAN. 6TH, 2004-

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Precinct #5 JP Burl Thomas said 74-year-old Mildred Johnson Smith was riding on the back platform of a tractor operated by her husband Alton Smith, yesterday afternoon. As Mr. Smith backed the tractor through a set of gates, his wife apparently fell to the ground behind the machine was run over. Judge Thomas pronounced the woman dead at the accident scene.

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Houston Attorney Dr. Joe Willie said he would file suit against the Republican Party if their March Primary ballot includes a candidate for Liberty County Treasurer. The attorney for Janet Harrelson said his client is still the elected treasurer until such time as her appeals on the criminal convictions that led to removal from office are final. As reported, Danna Lee of Dayton did file to run for treasurer in the March 9th Republican Primary last Friday. Whether or not she can legally do so remains the source of a great deal of debate. According to information from the State Attorney General’s Office there may not be a legal precedent for this situation and it could ultimately be decided by a ruling from the district judge in the course of a civil lawsuit.

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According to information from the office of U.S. Congressman Jim Turner, the Crockett Democrat did indeed file for re-election to the 2nd District late last Friday. All available information has indicated did not file before the deadline and other media also carried the report that only six Republican candidates were in the running for District #2. Federal judges in Austin have not yet ruled on whether the congressional redistricting map that would move Turner from Southeast Texas into a district to the north is legal or not. That decision could come at any time.

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Liberty Police Chief Bill Griffin said Carlotta Hill was arrested Saturday night after allegedly shooting her granddaughter’s husband, Jason Harkey in the shoulder with a .357 revolver. The dispute reportedly revolved around some medication the Liberty woman said Harkey was stealing from her. Jason Harkey was taken to Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital in stable condition. Carlotta Hill was jailed and charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.

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FUNERAL: Milton L. Dale, 89, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 02, MONDAY JAN. 5TH, 2004-

We reported last week there would be no Co. Treasurer’s race to replace Janet Harrelson because her conviction was on appeal. However, a Dayton woman, Dana Lee-39 did file with Republican Party Chair Richard Pegues and she may be right. Pegues said the Sec. of State’s office believed, based on how and when Harrelson’ was removed he should accept her application. The issue is thought be that Harrelson never took the oath of office for this term, creating a vacancy exist Demos thought there was no race so no filings accepted. Now, who is right.?

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Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Department investigators are looking for the man who robbed postal employee Sarah Jones at gunpoint when she opened the Raywood Post Office last Friday morning. Sheriff Greg Arthur said the gunman stole money, postal money orders and a money order machine. He ordered the woman to remain the restroom while he got away in her vehicle. The suspect is described as a black male, with a medium build, about 180 lbs., wearing a dark coat with a hood. He used a chrome or nickel-plated semi-automatic handgun.

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The Republican Primary Election filing deadline revealed Will Cox of Tarkington will try a 3rd time to be Liberty County Sheriff, while Bob Foote, is running for the Precinct #3 Liberty Co. Commissioner’s job. The Democratic incumbents of those two posts also have primary opposition. Another new name is the addition of Harry “Chip” Bean to challenge “Chip” Fairchild in the Democratic Primary for Precinct #3 Constable. No incumbent or Republican Opponent in that race.

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New Jan. 1st law makes it illegal to drive a motor vehicle on the bed or banks of state rivers and streams. KSHN outdoor reporter Larry Wilburn said the law does affect those who routinely launch boats in the Trinity River at the Hwy 105 Bridge in Moss Hill. Wilburn says the only spot on the Trinity is where boats can be launched in co. is the Hwy 90 Bridge in Liberty.

,67, of Huffman. Graveside today at 2 @ Linney Cem.**

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 01, FRIDAY JAN. 2ND, 2004-

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The final Liberty County traffic fatality in the year 2003 was near Plum Grove at just four minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve. DPS Trooper Steven Hebert said 38-year-old Michelle Collins of Cleveland crossed the center stripe on FM 2090 and collided with a vehicle driven by John Courtney Clute, 51. The Crosby man was killed in the impact and a passenger in his vehicle, Carolyn Harris, also of Crosby suffered minor injuries. Michelle Collins was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston in critical condition. It is believed alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the fatal wreck.

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Liberty Police said 56-year-old William “Redbone” Downing was unloading a large metal mud tank in the parking lot of Liberty Truck and Farm Tire Service on Hwy 90 Wednesday night when something went terribly wrong. The owner of W. Downing Oilfield Services of Winnie was caught between a trailer as it was backing up and the huge steel tank and crushed to death. Precinct #1 JP Bobby Rader has ordered an autopsy.

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In spite of the standing offer of a safe ride home from local law enforcement agencies New Year’s Eve, Liberty County Jail Officials said two people were arrested for DWI and six more where jailed for public intoxication Wednesday night.

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Mike and Sarah Long, owners of the new A.M. Donuts in Liberty say the 3,400 square foot donut shop next to Burger King on Hwy 90 is set to open on January 10th. The Huffman couple who own several A.M. Donuts in and around Liberty County said the opening date for the Liberty store has been changed three or four times based on various delays.

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The Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet is set for Thursday January 15th at the South Side Elementary School Cafetorium. Cleveland Chamber President Joan Meadows said the awards for both Citizen and Business of the Year will be announced and this year’s banquet will have a Mardi Gras theme with a live band, costume contest and more. For reservations, call the Cleveland Chamber at 281-592-8786.

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FUNERAL: Foster Lee Atkins, 67, of Dayton, Services pending at Wells Mortuary in Liberty. **

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