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March 2004

-VOLUME 19 NO. 61 WEDNESDAY MARCH. 31ST, 2004-

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Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia said his office was notified yesterday that the TCEQ would recommend that Liberty and Chambers Counties be removed entirely from the state’s tail pipe testing program. The recommendation is expected to come at a board meeting of the state’s environmental agency in April. The expensive tail pipe testing to improve air quality has already been delayed for this area twice to date.

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Dayton Police said a DISD School Bus was stopped on FM 1960 yesterday morning to pick up a student when a pick up truck driven by James Pott, 49, of Dayton slammed into it from behind. The impact wedged Potts’ small, extended cab pick up underneath the bus all the way to the truck’s bed. Potts told police the sun was in his face and he did not see the bus stopped in front of him. Pott was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital with serious injuries. Neither bus driver Louis Ulkie nor any of the students on the bus were injured in the wreck.

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Liberty Police Officer Elaine Taylor said 18-year-old Jeremy Welch of Dayton Lakes and Justin Banning, 19, of Liberty turned themselves in to police Monday. The two teens were sought in the Aggravated Assault earlier this month of James Renshaw of Liberty at the River Bend Campground. The pair had been fugitives for a couple of weeks, after eluding police in the woods near the Trinity River.

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The ceremonial ground breaking for the Dayton Walgreen is today at 11. Construction is underway for the 14,000 square foot store on Highway 90 at 321. ALSO A Dayton Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting is set for Friday at 4 p.m. at the new Best Western Dayton Inn and Suites on Hwy 90W. Dayton’s new 56-room motel has been open for a few days. The Harbhajan Singh family invites you to attend. . ****************************************************

Yesterday’s Radiogram contained an error. City Manager Allen Barnes recommended increasing the amount of out of pocket expenses, not the deductible, for the city employee insurance from $1,000 to $2,000.. We regret the error.

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FUNERAL: Madge Carlisle Watts, 91, of Liberty, Graveside services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Forest Park Lawndale- Houston.

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 60 TUESDAY MARCH. 30TH, 2004-

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Liberty’s new GM Dealership is scheduled to open on May 1st. We reported that Mike Franklin owner of Franklin Ford in Anahuac along with partners Jim Fite and Hall of Fame Basketball Star Elvin Hayes had purchased the now-defunct Bob Bomer GM Dealership on Main Street. Mike Franklin said preparations for opening would begin on April 15th with supplies and vehicles received at the site. Plans are to open the new Liberty Dayton GM Auto World with 20 to 30 employees.

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The Liberty City Council meets tonight to discuss and possibly take action on significant changes to the city’s employee insurance coverage. City Manager Allen Barnes said he is recommending to council, an increase in the deductible paid by city employees from $1,000 to $2,000. Barnes is also recommending that the percentage of health costs paid by the policy be reduced from 90% to 80% of the patient’s bill. Barnes said this plan would help control the cost of premiums with the least hardship for the city’s 108 employees.

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Daisetta Police Officer Jamie Capps said he attempted to pull over 30-year-old Marshall Eugene Thompson for speeding on FM 770 late Saturday night. Instead of stopping, the Daisetta man allegedly led Officer Capps, as well as Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies and DPS Troopers on a high speed chase that ended on FM 563 just north of the Chambers County Line. That’s where the suspect’s vehicle hit the“stinger spikes system“ used by police to puncture his tires. Thompson was arrested and charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon for reportedly ramming the rear of Officer Capps’ patrol car during the chase, as well as Evading Arrest. Both charges are felonies.

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Here are the winners of the 2004 Liberty Jubilee Barbecue Cook-Off. Joey Stone of Hardin and his “Les Gracon Blues Grows” won 1st Place in the Margarita Division. Red Marks of Liberty and the “Red & Blue Cookers” earned 1st Place in the Brisket Category. Liberty’s Ed Norwood and the “Atascosita Cookers” took 1st Place Ribs and the top award in the Chef’s Choice Division also went to “Les Gracon Blues Grows”.

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FUNERAL: Denvel Eugene Quinn, 55, of Cleveland, Services at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 59 MONDAY MARCH. 29TH, 2004-

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Third grade reading scores for Richter Elementary in Dayton on Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, or TAKS Test, show high marks in line with other South Liberty County school districts. According to the DISD’s Charlotte Hight, 353 third-graders took the important reading test. 318 or 90% passed. 105 of those passed with commended scores indicating either a perfect score or no more than 2 errors. Those who did not pass will have additional opportunities to take that portion of the TAKS before they are held back next year.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Trinity Valley Exposition have teamed up to sponsor “Trinity Valley Trade Days” each month, May through September, at the TVE Fairgrounds. Vendors are invited to sell items ranging from arts and crafts to tools and automotive merchandise. The first “Trinity Valley Trade Days “ will be the weekend of May 15th and 16th. Applications and rules for vendor spaces are available at the Chamber Office or at the TVE Office. Call 936-336-5736 or 336-7455 for more information.

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The Liberty Panthers dropped to 3 and 1 in district play with an 8 to 2 loss to Barbers Hill last Friday night. Next, Liberty is in Tarkington to face the Longhorns Tuesday at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, the Dayton Broncos host the Forest Brook Jaguars Tuesday night at 7. All Nine Sports will broadcast the Dayton vs. Forest Brook game. Air time is shortly before 7.

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A Spruce Up for Spring competition was held prior to the Liberty Jubilee. In the franchise category, McDonald’s and Jack In The Box took top honors. For companies offering professional services and small commercial businesses –Barken Farms, Beverly’s Then and Now and the Norwood Law Office’s, won. Among government and non-profit organizations Liberty High Student Council placed. The Liberty Co. Juvenile Probation Office and Chamber of Commerce also teamed up for another honor in the Spruce up for Spring..

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FUNERALS: Robert L. Rogers, 63, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Dr. James Donald Smith, 80, of Liberty, services tomorrow at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Liberty. Visitation today 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Allison Funeral Home.

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 58 FRIDAY MARCH. 26TH, 2004-

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It was around 4 p.m. yesterday when Liberty Firefighters arrived at the brick home of Veola Rollins on North Main Street, to find the rear of the residence fully engulfed in flames. Liberty Fire Chief Jamie Galloway said Mrs. Rollins, her son and daughter escaped the fire without injury. North Main was closed to traffic for two hours to access a fire hydrant across the roadway from the burning house. The Hardin Volunteer Fire Department provided help in extinguishing the blaze that caused extensive damage to the home. The fire’s cause is still being investigated.

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Liberty Police said they have located the 18-year-old woman who gave birth to the newborn baby found at Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital early Wednesday morning. The baby, now called “Jacob” is reportedly in excellent condition. The District Attorney’s Office or a Grand Jury will now decide if the child’s mother will be exempt from prosecution under Texas’ “Safe Surrender” Law. Baby Jacob will remain in the custody of CPS until arrangements can be made for permanent placement.

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The 19th Annual Liberty Jubilee opens today and continues tomorrow in Downtown Liberty. Tomorrow’s activities include the Parade at 10 a.m., the Library’s Book and Bake Sale, the Antique Show and Sale, the Children’s Activities Area, live music on four separate stages, over 100 booths and more.

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A sentencing date has been set for former Chambers County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Dearl Hardy on his conviction for perjury. Assistant District Attorney Dan Bradley said 344th District Judge Carroll Wilborn would sentence Hardy on May 5th for lying in a sworn statement involving the DWI arrest of Vernon Coates of Anahuac. The former Chief Deputy faces a maximum of 1 year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Bradley said the DA’s Office would await the sentence in this case before deciding whether or not to pursue the two felony charges that are still pending against Dearl Hardy.

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The Liberty Prancer Drill Team’s Annual Spring Show is Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Liberty Middle School Auditorium. Former members of the Prancers will be honored and the show includes performances by Kindergarten and 1st Grade “Future Prancers”. Tickets are $5 each at the door tomorrow night.

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 57 THURSDAY MARCH. 25TH, 2004-

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Local health officials are attempting to contact the mother of a six-pound African-American baby boy found at the front door of Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital yesterday morning. The newborn, now called “Jacob” is said to be doing well at the Texas Children’s Hospital’s Neo-Natal Unit, but officials need to know if the mother is well and if she has any health concerns that may affect the baby’s care. Due to the Texas “Safe Surrender” Law, the mother is not subject to any prosecution for leaving the child at the hospital. Anyone with information is asked to call Children’s Protective Services at 936-336-7293 or the Liberty Police Department at 936-336-5666.

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Tuesday night, the Dayton City Council held the second of two public hearings on plans to annex three different tracts along FM 1409. The first hearing Monday drew a crowd strongly opposed to the annexation and Tuesday around twenty property owners in the affected area questioned council members about the proposal. The annexation would give the city control over any construction or development on either side of 1409. Council could vote on the annexation at their meeting on April 19th.

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The 19th Annual Liberty Jubilee starts tomorrow in downtown Liberty with arts and crafts, food booths, the Library Book and Bake Sale and the Antique Show and Sale. The Liberty Lions Club Annual Fish Fry is from to 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sam Houston Plaza with fish and all the trimmings for $7 a plate. A spectacular fireworks display leads up to the Street Dance with Carl Manchaca at 8 p.m. The Jubilee continues Saturday with a full day of entertainment and activities for the entire family.

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The Liberty Panthers Baseball Team continues district play tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The Panthers are at home against the Barbers Hill Eagles. You can hear all the action live on All Nine Sports, it begins shortly before the first pitch at 7.

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FUNERALS: Rev. Marcus Dante Cross, 28, of Raywood, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Liberty. ** Dorothy Mae Polk, 85, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Dayton. ** Pearl Irene Bland, 87, of Oak Island, Memorial Services at a later date.

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 57 WEDNESDAY MARCH. 24TH, 2004-

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The Houston based Maierson Law Firm has filed suit on behalf of 347 residents of subdivisions near the Cox Road Waste Dump off FM 1413 against subdivision developer Weldon “Buddy” Alders and the Joiner Trust that now owns the dump site. Also named in the suit are three petrochemical companies who reportedly disposed of chemical waste there when the site was in operation several years ago. Attorney Don Maierson said his clients are unconvinced by state and federal environmental agencies’ tests that show no hazardous material has migrated from the site itself. The residents of roughly 200 households within 2 miles or less of the dump are seeking individual damages up to $175, 000 each. Maierson said an independent agency would conduct more tests for dangerous contamination.

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Voters in the Liberty, Dayton, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta and Devers School Districts will now have the final say on the creation of the South Liberty County Hospital District. Liberty County Commissioners set May 15th for the election on the issue that would establish a taxing entity to cover the costs of emergency medical care currently being absorbed by local care facilities.

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Liberty Police report the arrest Monday night of Denice K. Vekios for Intoxication Assault. It was back in February when the Dayton woman was involved in an accident on Hwy 90 in Liberty, in which her two children, ages 9 and 10, were seriously injured. A new Texas law makes drunk driving with children in the car a 3rd Degree Felony. The children are reported to be in foster care while their mother remains jailed on a $5,000 bond.

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Precinct #4 Commissioner Norman Brown said an earnest money contract was approved by Commissioners yesterday to purchase what was originally the 1st National Bank Building on FM 1960 in Dayton for $260,000. Plans are to remodel the now empty building as a new Dayton Annex. Initially the Annex would house the Precinct #4 JP and Constable’s Offices with hopes of making it a full-service County facility in the future.

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FUNERALS: Irma Jean Kelley, 60, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton. ** Mary Beth Cox Simmons, 78, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 56 TUESDAY MARCH. 23RD, 2004-

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Yesterday was the first day of school in the Hull-Daisetta ISD following the closure of the Junior High School campus due to a malfunctioning septic system. For the rest of the school year, roughly 7 and a half weeks, Hull-Daisetta High School Students report to class by 7:10 and finish their day at 11:40 a.m. then, Junior High Students come in at noon and have class until four. Superintendent Lynn Cummins said the district is still studying possible funding sources for installation of a wastewater treatment plant at the Junior High. It is hoped that project can be completed during the summer break.

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The Liberty City Council has voted to establish new fees for the city’s animal shelter. They include a new $2 pet license fee and an impound fee that starts at $15 for the first time a pet owner’s animal is picked up and increases each time afterward. A $20 charge has also been established for removal of a deceased animal. That does not include larger animals such as cows, horses or hogs. Pick up and delivery of an animal to the vet’s office for quarantine now costs $75. The City has begun a more aggressive pet adoption program and the new fees are intended to help offset the additional costs involved. For more information, call Liberty Animal Control at 336-5666.

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Tickets for the Liberty Jubilee Children’s Activities Area are on sale now for 25 cents each at Liberty City Hall. The special area set aside just for the kids is behind the Humphreys Cultural Center and features a petting zoo, rides, games, live entertainment and hands on activities all day Saturday. For ticket information, call 936-336-3684.

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The Dayton Lady Broncos Softball Team will be in district action tonight in Houston against the C. E. King Lady Panthers. You can hear all the play-by-play live on All Nine Sports with Larry Wadzeck starting shortly before the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

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FUNERALS: Sarah L. “Granny” Singleton Gray, 88, of Old River, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Edna Louise Thacker, 83, of Dayton, Services at 3 p.m. today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Paul Bellard, 74, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Wells Mortuary in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 55 MONDAY MARCH. 22ND, 2004-

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After a lengthy illness, James Bennett “Jim” Sterling, Jr. died Friday morning at Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital. A former Dayton Mayor, a World War II Vet, Jim his wife Betty and oldest son Jimmy operated Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton for more than 30 years. Funeral services were yesterday. Jim Sterling was 87.

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Liberty County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed South Liberty County Hospital District tomorrow morning before their regular meeting. With voter approval a taxing entity would be created as a source of funding for emergency medical services provided by Liberty Co. EMS, City of Liberty EMS and Liberty Dayton Community Hospital. Those services are absorbing more than $1 million a year in unpaid emergency treatment costs. They are required by law and common decency to provide the services. Commissioners are expected to put the matter to registered voters in the Liberty, Dayton, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta and Devers School Districts on May 15th, the same day as city council and school board elections. The hearing is at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.

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Friday, a jury in Judge Carroll Wilborn’s 344th District Court found former Chambers County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dearl Hardy guilty of perjury for falsifying information on an arrest report for Vernon Coates of Anahuac. The charge was reduced from Aggravated Perjury, a felony, to simple perjury, a Class A Misdemeanor. Punishment is a maximum of 1 year in jail and $4,000. A pre-sentencing hearing will soon be set. Felony charges of official oppression and tampering with governmental records are still pending against Dearl Hardy.

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Advance tickets are still available for this Friday night’s Liberty Jubilee Street Dance. Popular local country music star Carl Manchaca takes the stage at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $ 6 each and available at the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Office on Trinity Street in Liberty. Tickets at the gate: $8.

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,88,of Moss Hill, Serv. at 2 p.m. today @ New Life Assembly of God in Batson. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 54 FRIDAY MARCH. 19TH, 2004-

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DPS Trooper Nathan Pierce said 49-year-old Sidney Hutter of Baytown was northbound on a motorcycle on Hwy 146 south of Hardin yesterday morning when he was struck by a pick up driven by William Catchings, 70, of Hardin. Hutter, who was thrown from the skidding motorcycle, was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston in critical condition. He was reportedly not wearing a helmet. William Catchings was not hurt. The accident is still under investigation.

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Liberty Police arrested 21-year-old Jonathon W. Loften for allegedly snatching the purse of an elderly woman in the Brookshire Brothers Parking Lot yesterday morning. The suspect apparently returned to the crime scene to shop while Officer Matt Custer was taking statements from witnesses, who recognized Loften. A second man, Randy J. Edwards, 22, attempted to provide an alibi for Loften, and ended up arrested as well, for an outstanding warrant.

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According to reliable sources at the Chambers County Courthouse, the initial charge of Aggravated Perjury against former Chambers County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Dearl Hardy has been reduced to a Class A misdemeanor with a punishment range of a maximum 1year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Hardy’s trial on one of three charges relating to the alleged “framing” of Vernon Coates began Monday in Judge Carroll Wilburn’s 344th District Court in Chambers County, and sources said closing arguments are expected today. Additional felony charges of Official Oppression and Tampering with Governmental Records are still pending against Hardy.

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Joe Chambers, spokesman for what will be called Center-Point Texas said the local Center-Point Entex gas company offices in Liberty, Jasper, Livingston Cleveland and Orange will close their doors this summer. Most customers who pay their gas bill by mail, on line or by bank draft will not see a difference. All service and phone numbers will remain the same.

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FUNERALS: Robert Holub, 69, of Anahuac, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. ** Kyle Childress, 87, of Hankamer, Services at 1 p.m. Monday at Wells Mortuary in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 53 THURSDAY MARCH. 18TH, 2004-

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Hull-Daisetta ISD officials report a slight change in the plan to remove students from the Hull-Daisetta Jr.High School and close the campus down due to a malfunctioning septic system. Superintendent Lynn Cummins said the plan now is to move all three grades from Junior High to the high school building instead of splitting them up. It is hoped this will minimize stress on students since it allows all Junior High students to be on the same campus and remain with their assigned teachers. The Junior High closes after tomorrow, it is not known for how long. Ground water infiltration into the sewer system has prompted concerns a serious environmental risk could be created.

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Liberty School Trustees met Tuesday night and authorized the final demolition of the old Liberty Middle School classroom building. The Board unanimously approved a $189,800 bid from Houston-based CSI Environmental. Assistant Superintendent Tommy Davis said a large portion of the price tag would go toward removal of all asbestos materials from the building. The demolition does not include the auditorium and gymnasium buildings, those will be left for future use by the district.

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The Republican Primary Run-Off Election for Chambers County Sheriff is set for April 13th. Since neither the Incumbent, Monroe Kreuzer Jr. or nearest opponent, Hugh Sigers captured more than 50% of the vote in the March 9th Primary, this election will determine which will be the Republican Candidate for Sheriff in the November General Election. Early voting in the Run Off Election is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily April 5th through 8th at the County Courthouse in Anahuac and the Courthouse Annexes in Winnie, Mt. Belvieu and Cedar Bayou.

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Spaces are still available for the Liberty Jubilee Cooking Contest March 26th and 27th. The categories to be judged are Brisket, Ribs, Chef’s Choice and Margaritas and the entry fee is $25 per category or $60 for three categories. The number of spaces has been expanded this year from 16 to 22 teams. Application forms and cooking contest rules are available at Liberty City Hall or call 936-336-3684 for more information.

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FUNERAL: Kyle Childress, 87, of Hankamer, Services pending at Wells Mortuary in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 52, WEDNESDAY MARCH. 17TH, 2004-

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At an emergency meeting of Hull-Daisetta School Trustees last night, the board approved a recommendation by Superintendent Lynn Cummins to remove all students from Hull-Daisetta Jr. High and disperse them to the other campuses for the rest of the school year. Cummins said ground water is infiltrating and overloading the school’s sewer system, creating a potential environmental risk. The Junior High School is expected to close after Friday. Lynn Cummins said the district would probably need to buy and install a treatment plant before the problem can be resolved and the school re-opened.

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Kenefick Volunteer Firefighter Darrell McWhorter said his department was called to a home on CR# 6773 around 10 p.m. Monday and arrived to find the residence fully engulfed in flames. The Hwy 321 and Dayton Volunteer Departments assisted in fighting the blaze that was apparently started by a malfunctioning heat lamp used to warm family pets while the homeowners were away. Firefighters saved the two dogs at the home. The residence itself was completely destroyed.

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Dayton Police are investigating a break-in at the Diamond Shamrock Convenience Store on the corner of Hwy 321 and FM 1960 in the early hours of yesterday morning. Officer John Headrick said video surveillance cameras show two suspects inside the store. They were apparently scared away when the store’s alarm went off. The pair made off with several cartons of cigarettes before officers arrived.

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The Dayton Financial Center and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring an appreciation banquet for Dayton Fire and Police Personnel tomorrow night at 7 at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School. Gallery Furniture owner Jim “Mattress Mac” McIngvale is the guest speaker. Tickets are $10 each. For reservations, call the Dayton Chamber at 936-257-2393.

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FUNERALS: Marilyn Jean Barrier, 72, of Hull, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church of Daisetta. ** Martin Sterling Jr., 71, of Ames, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. ** Beverly Ann Redmon, 44, of Dayton, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 51, TUESDAY MARCH. 16TH, 2004-

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DPS Trooper Nathan Pierce said 33-year-old Andreas Shreay of Humble parked his vehicle on FM 1960 around 3 a.m. Monday and stepped out into the center of the highway. The driver of an eastbound vehicle, Walter Ables, 58, of Dayton took evasive action to avoid the parked vehicle and struck Shreay as he stood in the roadway. The Humble man was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct #4 JP Glenn Pruitt, who ordered an autopsy performed. The accident remains under investigation.

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The final day of filing for the May 15th City Council and School Board Elections saw the number of candidates for three at-large positions on the Liberty City Council grow to five. Liberty businessman Charles McGuire and the Liberty County Health Awareness Coalition’s Kellie Buchanan filed yesterday. Incumbent Mike McCarty and first-time candidates Mark Beausoleil and Billy Davis are also on the ballot in Liberty.

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The woman whose body was found March 6th west of Cleveland has been identified as 37-year-old Shawna Marie Welford, most recently of Conroe. The woman’s body was discovered, nude but for a pair of socks, in the woods off Pin Oak Road. Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Todd Mauthe said it is his guess that the woman was murdered elsewhere and dumped in that spot. While autopsy reports are not yet concluded, medical examiners have reason to believe the severe blow to the back of the head the woman suffered, may not be the actual cause of death. It is believed the woman’s body had been in the woods some two to three weeks prior to being found.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is tomorrow at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. Guest speaker is Aida Rendon of the New Horizon Family Center that provides shelter and assistance to the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Ms. Rendon will discuss the effects of domestic violence on the work place. Lunch is fajitas from Los Compadres Restaurant for $7 per person. Reservations are necessary. Call 936-336-5736.

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FUNERALS: Cheryl Lou Carr Pickett, 53,of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. today at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. ** Ora Lee Dixon, 93, of Anahuac, Services were Sunday. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 50, MONDAY MARCH. 15TH, 2004-

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said a disagreement between 79-year-old Mark Sterling of Ames and Davis Guillory, age 48, of Liberty apparently led to an armed confrontation Saturday afternoon. Mark Sterling was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene on FM 770 north of Raywood. Davis Guillory was taken into custody, but no charges have yet been filed. Sheriff Arthur said both men were reportedly armed with shotguns and the case will probably go straight to a grand jury. .

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Jeffrey Paul Hale, serving 40-yrs for fondling and indecency with a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child has lost a conviction appeal. Hale is the son of former Liberty County Treasurer, Janet Harrelson.. She was convicted of crimes dealing with getting her son moved from prison in Beaumont to the Liberty Co. Jail. Last week his conviction upheld, in Tarrant Co. ***************************************************The filing period for city council and school board candidates ends today. As of Friday, each open spot on the Liberty City Council ballot has one candidate. Liberty Mayor Bruce Halstead has filed, as have first time candidates Mark Beausoleil and Billy Davis. Incumbent Mike McCarty has also filed. In Dayton, incumbent John Simmons joins Jay Tadlock, Also Bill Gay, Oscoe Carter and Missy Barton are in the race for three at-large positions on the city council.

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Two teenagers are sought in the assault of a motorist last Friday. Liberty Police Officer Elaine Taylor said James Renshaw, 35, of Liberty claimed the pair smashed out the windshield of his vehicle then struck him with a pipe in the area of the River Bend Campground on Hwy 90. Police chased the suspects in the woods near the river for roughly an hour before they separated and escaped. Wanted for Aggravated Assault and Evading Detention is Jeremy Welch, 18, of Dayton Lakes. His companion and accomplice is identified as Justin Calvin Banning, age 19,of Liberty.

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A nameless murder victim found in Liberty County more than 4 years ago was laid to rest Friday in a cemetery plot donated by Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. The dismembered body was discovered in December 1999,but never identified. .

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 49, FRIDAY MARCH. 12TH, 2004-

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On Wednesday, former Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson appeared once again before visiting district judge David Walker for formal arraignment on charges of perjury she was indicted on earlier. The charges allege Ms. Harrelson lied to a grand jury investigating the initial criminal charges that she has since been convicted of. District Attorney Mike Little said Ms. Harrelson’s attorney James Evans tried unsuccessfully to challenge Judge Walker’s position as trial judge on the perjury charges. The Judge overruled that challenge and will preside on the charges. No trail date has been set, and DA Mike Little said he would probably wait until the former treasurer’s current appeals of her criminal convictions have run their course.

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The City of Liberty has closed the bridge over Atascocita Spring on Sand Dune Road between North Main Street and FM 1011 pending further study of some damaged pylons found beneath it. City Public Works Director Harvey Joiner said he feels the bridge now presents a hazard and barricades have been installed to keep people from attempting to drive over it. Since the bridge is considered to be in a low traffic area, it could be some time before City Officials take action to repair or replace it.

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Dayton Police Officer Kenny Broyles said 42-year-old Joann Brohawn of Dayton was apparently trying to turn onto Hwy 321 from the Dayton Park Apartments yesterday morning, when she crossed into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by William Faries, 78, of Highlands. The collision resulted in Ms. Brohawn being transported to Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital, the extent of her injuries was not available.

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The 19th Annual Liberty Jubilee on March 26th and 27th will feature another Antique Show and Sale at the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. Two certified antique appraisers will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 27th and everyone is encouraged to bring in their favorite family heirlooms for appraisal.

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FUNERALS: Cleburn Earl Baucum, 56, of LaMarque, Services at 2 p.m. today at Central Baptist Church in Daisetta. ** Dow Wadell Williams, 72, of Anahuac, Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at 1st United Methodist Church in Anahuac. ** George Burnham, 82, of Dayton Lakes, Memorial services pending. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 48, THURSDAY MARCH. 11TH, 2004-

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According to information from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, a woman found dead last Saturday west of Cleveland has been identified. Investigators were able to match the woman’s fingerprints through AFIS- the Automated Fingerprint Identification System. She is reported to be 38 years old and from Montgomery County. The woman’s name is being withheld pending notification of her family members.

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With only a few days remaining for candidate filing in the May 15th city council and school board elections, Oscoe Carter has become the 4th candidate for the Dayton City Council. Incumbent Jay Tadlock, Missy Barton and Bill Gay have also filed. The latest candidate for Dayton School Board is Paul Kelly, who is running against Incumbent Dale Brown for Position #2 on the DISD Board. The filing deadline is close-of business on Monday March 15th.

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Results from Tuesday’s Republican Primary Election voting in Liberty County show Ted Poe winning the District #2 U.S. Congressional Race with 479 votes to 100 votes for his nearest rival Clint Moore. Total voting in Liberty, Jefferson and Harris Counties gave the former Houston jurist 14,700 votes or 60% of the votes cast. This gives Ted Poe his party’s nomination for Congress without the need for a run-off. Also, Lester Ray Wisegerber won the race for Liberty County GOP Party Chair with 692 votes to Russell Payne’s 311.

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The 5th Annual Thunder on the Trinity Motorcycle Rally is this weekend at the TVE Fairgrounds in Liberty. The annual fundraising event, sponsored by the Liberty Rotary Club starts tonight and continues through Sunday with plenty of live entertainment, food, vendors, casino night, a poker run, a bike show and more. For more information, call 936-336-2775.

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Yesterday’s Shine All Nine Radiogram did not contain the full name of Dayton Planning Commission Appointee Mary Mikulec. We regret the error.

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FUNERALS: Vickie Ann Swilling Pierce, 58, and husband Alvin W. Pierce, 57, both of Raywood, Joint Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 47, WEDNESDAY MARCH. 10TH, 2004-

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Here are the results from yesterday’s Democratic Primary voting in Liberty County. In the race for Liberty County Sheriff: Greg Arthur garnered 2,967 votes, Henry Patterson 2,238. Precinct #1 County Commissioner Todd Fontenot wins re-election 1,178, votes to Mike McCarty’s 903. Precinct #3 County Commissioner: Melvin Hunt had 874 votes, Odell McDuffie Sr. 430. Precinct #1 Constable: Tim Allison 800, Jim Talkington 154 and C. L. “Bucky” Eckols Jr. 492; Precinct #3 Constable Chip Fairchild 446, Chip Beane 237. The combined vote totals in Liberty, Polk and Montgomery Counties in the Democratic District #18 State Representative’s race show Dan Ellis with 6,167 votes, Nancy Archer with 3,931 votes.

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said it was shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday when searchers recovered the body of George Henry Burnham from a small lake in the City of Dayton Lakes. The 80-year-old had been missing since putting out into the lake to go fishing late Saturday afternoon. An autopsy has been requested and the man’s death is still under investigation.

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Results from yesterday’s Republican Primary voting in Chambers County show the race for County Sheriff ending with 830 votes for Monroe Kreutzer Jr., 425 for Fred Dodd and 685 votes for Hugh Sigers. Since no candidate in that race won more than 50% of the vote, it appears that Monroe Kreutzer will be in a run off election with Hugh Sigers. In the Precinct #4 Constable’s Race: Carl W. Evans 149, Bobby Joines 289; Precinct #6 Constable Incumbent Robert Barrow 420, Steve Lowery 190 and Ken Sigers 147.

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Monday night the Dayton City Council named seven people to serve on the new Planning Commission. Appointed to two-year terms were Bob Edwards, Curtis Laird, Mikulec and Sharon Stovall. Rhonda Johnson, Kleve Kirby and Betty Tankersley were named to one-year terms. Council also voted to make all terms on the planning commissioner effective as of June 1st.

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FUNERALS: Pomella Eaton, 99, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church of Dayton. ** Denny Ray Baggett, 25, of Coldspring, Services at 10 a.m. today at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Coldspring. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 46, TUESDAY MARCH. 9TH, 2004-

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The search for a missing fisherman in a small lake near the City of Dayton Lakes has been ongoing since Sunday. George Henry Burnham, age 82, has been missing since he launched his small flat bottom aluminum boat Saturday evening. The man’s truck and boat have been found, but he has not been seen since. Game Warden Danny Diaz led the search that located a rope and part of a tackle box. The search is continuing today. George Henry Burnham lives alone in a small trailer in Dayton Lakes.

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Dayton Police Officer Keith Fuller said 41-year-old Robert Lackey was standing at the corner of Hwy 321 and Linney Street yesterday afternoon, when he stepped off of the curb and into the path of a Dayton School Bus driven by Bobbie Jean Kennard, 46. The bus struck Lackey, who was air lifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The nature and extent of his injuries were not known. The accident is under investigation.

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Daisetta Police Officer Russell Pierce said 11-year-old Steven Ford was riding his bicycle on FM 770 in Daisetta yesterday afternoon when he lost control after a hitting a pile of dirt. In the fall, the brake handle of the bike became embedded in the child’s right leg. Hull-Daisetta Volunteer Rescue Team Members managed to cut away as much of the bike handle bars as possible without disturbing the brake handle protruding from his leg. Stephen Ford was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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The Dayton City Council has voted to advertise for bids on a major water and sewer project south along Hwy 146. The project would bring water and sewer services to the CMC Rail Yard property and other areas along the highway. Consulting Engineer Craig Kankle said the city had hoped to have already started by now, securing easements in the area took longer than expected.

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Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today for voting in the Democratic and Republican Primary Elections. KSHN Radio will have live election returns starting not long after the polls close tonight at 7.

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FUNERAL: Martina Trahan Goudeau, 80, of Ames, Services at 11 a.m. today at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames.

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 45, MONDAY MARCH. 8TH, 2004-

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Saturday, two men riding four wheelers on a pipeline right-of-way discovered the remains of a woman west of Cleveland. According to Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur, an autopsy revealed the body to be a white female, 5’4” to 5’6” tall, of average build. The name Christine is tattooed on her right leg. She was wearing several rings, multiple earrings and other jewelry. Exact cause of death has not been fixed by medical examiners but a blow to the head was obvious. Fingerprint and missing person reports over a wide area begin today.

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Tomorrow, Texans go to the polls to decide the Democratic and Republican Party Primary nominees. Contested races in Liberty County include a Democratic race for Sheriff, Precinct #1 and Precinct #3 County Commissioners, Prec.#1 and #3 Constables and, along with Polk and part of Montgomery Counties, is the Democratic nominee for Dist. #18 State Representative. KSHN election returns begin after the polls close tomorrow night at 7.

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More details on the fatal shooting of a Horseshoe Lake Estates man by at least one Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy who answered a domestic disturbance call last Thursday morning. Texas Ranger, Frank Huff, said Alice Randell, 83, met deputies outside her home and told them her husband, Ernest Randell, 80,was inside and armed. Two deputies confronted Randell, but instead of surrendering he allegedly aimed a gun at the two lawmen. At least one opened fire, hitting Randell several times. The shooting death of Ernest Randell investigation is handled by the Texas Rangers, to be presented to a Liberty Co. Grand Jury.

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Two outstanding South Liberty County small businesses were honored by the Lee College Small Business Development Center, with what is called the Monument Awards. The Vinyard, flower and gift store in Dayton was honored in the Retail/Wholesale industry category, while the Service Industry trophy went to Country Emporium, a popular restaurant in Liberty. Pappy’s B-B-Q in Dayton & Liberty was also a finalist in the Rising Star division for businesses less than 2 years old.

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Bo Buchanan of Virginia Beach, VA –21, was killed in car wreck in Georgia. A college senior he’s the nephew of Cindy Van Etta and Paul Henry of Liberty. His mother Susan Buchanan, formerly of Liberty. Services Thursday in Va.

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 44, FRIDAY MARCH. 5TH, 2004-

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Details remain sketchy and the investigation is still ongoing, but Liberty County Sheriff Gregg Arthur said deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call in the Horseshoe Lake Estates Subdivision off CR#2610 yesterday morning. Shots were fired inside the home of Ernest and Alice Randell and 80-year-old Ernest Randall was hit, apparently by a deputy. He was taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center where he died, apparently from at least one gunshot wound. An autopsy has been ordered. The office of the Texas Rangers is investigating the shooting.

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Harbajhan Singh, owner of Dayton’s new Best Western Motel said he is currently waiting for the go-ahead from the Best Western Parent company before moving forward with the motel’s opening. Singh said the final inspection to approve opening would not take place until all of the furniture has been moved in to the establishment on Hwy 90. He has been told to expect the final few furniture items this week.

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According to Resident Engineer Charlotte Warner the widening and rehabilitation of FM 1008 has been identified as a high priority by the Liberty County TxDot Office. The project as proposed is divided into two phases with the renovation of 1008 from Hwy 321 in Dayton to Kenefick as part one and the widening of the Linney, Bowie, French and Long John Creek Bridges as part two. The estimated cost of part one is $4.6 million with part two’s estimated price tag at $700,000.

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Advance tickets are on sale now for this year’s Liberty Jubilee Street Dance on March 26th featuring the music of Carl Manchaca. Tickets are $6 each in advance and available at Liberty City Hall and the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets at the gate will be $8 each.

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Today is the final day for early voting in the March 9th Primary Elections. Registered Liberty County voters can still cast ballots early from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Liberty County Courthouse and the Cleveland Annex, as well as from 3 to 7 p.m. today at 1st Baptist Church in Dayton. In Chambers County, there’s early voting today, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Courthouse in Anahuac, and at the annexes in Cedar Bayou, Mont Belvieu and Winnie.

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VOLUME 19 NO. 42, WEDNESDAY MARCH. 3RD, 2004-
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The number of candidates who have filed for the three at-large positions on the Liberty City Council on May 15th is now two. The latest city council candidate is 33-year-old musician/music instructor Billy Davis. We reported that Assistant County Attorney Mark Beausoleil is also a first-time candidate for the Liberty Council Election. Mayor Bruce Halstead has also filed for a new term and says it will be his last. The deadline for city council and school board candidates to file is March 15th.
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TxDot Resident Engineer Charlotte Warner said traffic control projects that are set to begin soon include work to reconfigure the busy Hwy 90/Hwy 146 Intersection in Dayton. That work includes entirely removing the existing sweeping right turn that goes east on Hwy 90. All traffic will come straight to a new traffic light at the intersection with a free right turn provided. The project is expected to begin this summer.
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With only two more days for early voting in the March 9th Primary Election, voter turnout in Liberty County remains slow so far. Of the 45,000 registered county voters, 10,000 are listed as "suspense voters", meaning attempts to deliver their voter registration cards have been unsuccessful. Only 792 have cast early ballots to date. Early voting continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at the County Courthouse and the Cleveland Annex and from 3 to 7 p.m. at 1st Baptist Church in Dayton.
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The Liberty County Central Appraisal District will be closed tomorrow and Friday for the move in to the newly remodeled, 13,100 sq. ft., County owned building on Sam Houston Street across from KSHN Radio. Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner said it is hoped the CAD offices will be up and running at their new location on Monday. The total price tag for enlarging and making improvements to the new location is $810,000.
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Tomorrow's All Nine Partyline Program at 8:30 a.m. will feature the Democratic Candidates for Precinct #3 Liberty County Commissioner, Incumbent Melvin Hunt and Challenger Odell McDuffie. Listeners can call in questions for the candidates.
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FUNERAL: Bertha Jane Standley, 81, of Anahuac, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. **
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-VOLUME 19 NO. 40, MONDAY MARCH. 1ST, 2004-

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The former Bob Bomer GMC Dealership in Liberty will reopen in 6 to 8 weeks with new owners. According to one partner-Mike Franklin, he-along with Dealer Manager Jim Fite and NBA Hall of Fame Basketball Star Elvin Hayes, have a Buy-Sell Agreement with General Motors. Franklin, who also owns and operates Franklin Ford in Anahuac said the new dealership on N. Main in Liberty will be Liberty-Dayton GM Auto World with new Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick., Pontiac, and GM trucks.

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The search for David C. Burr of Hoop-N-Holler ended unhappily Saturday afternoon. The man, said to be in his 40‘s, was found dead, not far from his home, An organized effort by Texas Equusearch and local volunteers recovered the man’s body. Pct. #3 JP Phil Fitzgerald held an inquest where he ordered an autopsy. David Burr had been missing since Feb.13th. ****************************************************

Three more candidates have added their names to the list of those running for positions on the Liberty and Dayton City Councils on May 15th by close-of-business Friday. Assistant County Attorney Mark Beausoleil filed as a first-time candidate for the Liberty City Council. In Dayton, Incumbent Jay Tadlock has filed to run again and Missy Barton of the Liberty County Central Appraisal District is running for the first time for the Dayton City Council. The filing period for city council and school board candidates continues through March 15th.

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Donations of good used books and baked items are still needed for the Liberty Municipal Library’s Annual Jubilee Book and Bake Sale on March 26th and 27th. For more information, call the Liberty Library at 936-336-8901.

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KSHN Radio’s series of political forums for the March 9th Primary Elections continues tomorrow morning at 8:30 when the All Nine Party Line will feature the Democratic Candidates for District #18 State Representative, Incumbent Dan Ellis and challenger Nancy Archer.

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FUNERALS: Edna De Jean Marshall, formerly of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. today at Godfrey Chapel Church of Christ in Liberty. ** Marvin E. Rumley, 74, of Dayton, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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