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October 2004

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 206, FRIDAY OCT. 29TH 2004-

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Liberty Police Detective Gary Martin said two Liberty men, John Cain, 32 and James Williams, 19, were robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of Exxon Gas Station at the corner of Bowie and Hwy 90 Tuesday around 8 p.m. A woman reportedly asked to borrow a cell phone from the men, made a call and a short while later a vehicle arrived to pick her up. Before leaving however with the still-unidentified driver, she pulled a gun and demanded money. Later, a woman fitting the robber’s description was arrested walking in the North Travis/Edgewood area. 32-year-old Terri Haywood of Liberty is charged with probation violations. Armed robbery charges are pending.

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Though several months later than usual, the Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital and KSHN Radio will offer another free Prostate Screening Clinic on Saturday November 13th at the Hospital Outpatient Clinic. Those with last names beginning with A – M will be given the PSA Blood Test and the DRE Test by UTMB urology specialists starting at 8:30 a.m. Those with last names starting with N – Z will be tested beginning at 9:30 a.m. All men over age 50 are urged to get these free tests, as well as African American men or those with a family history of prostate cancer over age 40. No need to register this year.

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Liberty County District Clerk Melody Gilmore has announced her office will now accept VISA and Master Card payments for fines, filing fees, court costs or copies of court documents. The company that processes the credit card payments will charge a 5% convenience fee added when you make your payment. This service cannot be used for child support payments.

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The Liberty Worship Center’ 2nd Annual Car, Bike and 4 x 4 Show is tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. in the Liberty City Park. Postponed due to the threat of Tropical Storm Ivan last month, the event also includes 2 live bands, food, an emergency vehicle display and door prizes for contestants. Admission to the show is free. For more information, call 936-336-3261.

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The Texas Longhorns are at Colorado tomorrow with a 2:30 p.m. kick off. The Pre-Game Show starts here on All Nine Sports at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon.

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** Lake Release 2,870 CFS Liberty Bridge: 6.54 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 205, THURSDAY OCT. 28TH 2004-

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75th District Judge C. T. “Rusty” Hight sentenced 35-year-old David Donald Woosley to 25 years in prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and another 20 years for Indecency with a Child last Friday. According to information from the Liberty County District Clerk’s Office, the Dayton man pled guilty to both charges in August. The crimes reportedly occurred over a period of two years against a child under 14. Judge Hight denied Woosley’s request, as a first time offender, for probation. The two prison terms will run concurrently or at the same time.

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said his department has found the death of 14-year-old Julian David McCune of Dayton last Saturday to be due to an accidental drug overdose. The youth was pronounced dead by Precinct #4 JP Glenn Pruitt. Forensic toxicology reports are still pending. However, Sheriff Arthur said other evidence led to the determination of probable cause. The 14-year-old had been a Dayton resident for the past 8 years, attending school there 1st through the 8th grades.

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Liberty School Trustees met Tuesday and approved construction of a sidewalk to connect the High School and Middle School and may eventually run all the way down Jefferson Drive. Trustees have been concerned about the number of children who walk or ride their bikes to school. With no sidewalk, they are often in the street. Assistant Superintendent Tommy Davis said the project is budgeted at $24,900 but is complicated by the fact that Sun Oil Co. has a 30-foot easement and a major pipeline running through there. Davis said the lines are buried at a 7-foot depth, but attorneys will have to negotiate an agreement on the matter.

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The Liberty Panthers host the Huffman Falcons tomorrow while the Dayton Broncos travel to Galena Park and a match up with the Yellowjackets. All Nine Sports broadcast of Dayton vs. Galena Park starts at 6:50 p.m. with a 7 p.m. kick off. We’ll split our stereo signal at 7:20 with the Liberty vs. Huffman pre-game on our left channel. That kick off is 7:30 tomorrow night. The Broncos game continues on our right channel.

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FUNERAL: Julian David McCune, 14, of Dayton, Services at 5 p.m. today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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** Lake Release 2,870 CFS Liberty Bridge: 6.58 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 204, WEDNESDAY OCT. 27TH 2004-

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A fire that caused roughly $2,000 in damages to the Adult Probation Department Offices in Anahuac Sunday morning is thought to be the result of arson. Probation Supervisor Steve Swan said fire fighters initially extinguished flames in a burning car behind the building, but further investigation showed that a flammable liquid had been poured from the roof of the building into the interior and ignited. Damage was limited because the ceiling tile is flame retardant. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chambers County Sheriff’s Dept. at 409-267-8322.

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Yesterday’s report on a new banking regulation that eliminates the lag time between when a check is written and when it is debited to the writer’s account, requires some clarification. According to FLNB’s David Castle, the regulation actually allows banks to accept what is called a “substitute check”—an electronic copy —in place of the original. While that allows checks to be debited faster through computer transmission, Mr. Castle said no bank is required to use the system and if fact, only a very few banks will be using it for several years. There will be no immediate change in most people’s check payments.

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Liberty County Commissioners met Tuesday and approved a three- year contract with Corrections Corporation of America to run the Liberty County Jail. County Judge Lloyd Kirkham said the new contract, allows the county to have 210 beds at approximately $35 per day each. The current contract allows the county just 180 jail beds at the cheaper rate. Once those are full, the cost for additional bed space goes up to $45 per day each. Commissioners also approved donating 125 acres of land in lieu of monetary payment to TxDot as the County’s contribution to the Loop 105 Project in Cleveland.

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One sign of continued population growth in the Dayton area is reflected in postal service there. Post Master Gwen Alpha said back in 1984, the Dayton Post Office handled slightly more than 3.5 million individual pieces of mail. Twenty years later, mail delivery has seen a 250% increase. In 1984, it cost $681,000 to operate the Post Office. That figure is currently at $1.73 million. Mail was delivered to 1, 375 addresses inside the city 20 years ago. That number is now at 2,216.

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** Lake Release 1,870 CFS Liberty Bridge: 6.57 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 203, TUESDAY OCT. 26TH 2004-

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Liberty Police Officer Sheree Peak said 41-year-old Michael Brown of Hull lost control of his vehicle while westbound on Hwy 90 east of the 146 Bypass yesterday afternoon. The vehicle left the roadway, hit and damaged a guardrail, then flipped several times before coming to rest upside down. Brown was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital, as a precaution. He recently underwent major neck and back surgery.

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Starting Friday, new banking regulations will eliminate the two to three day lag time between when a check is written on an account and when it clears that account. According to County Extension Agent Barbara Evans whenever a check is deposited into the recipient’s account, it would be immediately debited from yours. That removes the option of writing a check and then getting to the bank in order to deposit money to cover that check.

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Liberty Police report that Brandy Byrd of Liberty may have suffered a seizure Sunday afternoon, causing her to lose control of the SUV she was driving on South Liberty Oilfield Road. The vehicle reportedly skidded along the Gum Slue Bridge Railing, left the road and sheared off a small tree. The impact peeled back the vehicle’s hood to the roofline. The driver, said to be in her “twenties” was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with severe facial trauma. As of late yesterday, Hospital Officials said Brandy Byrd remained in critical condition.

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KSHN Radio’s series of Political Candidate Forums for the November 2nd General Election continues tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. Guests on tomorrow’s All Nine Partyline Program will be the candidates for the 2nd Congressional District of Texas. They are Democratic Congressman Nick Lampson and Republican Ted Poe. Listeners are invited to call or fax in your questions for the candidates during the program tomorrow. There is special Early Voting today from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Hull-Daisetta Admin. Off.

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This weekend marks the annual end to Daylight Savings Time. The switch back to Standard Time comes at 2 a.m. Sunday October31st. Remember to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday. Experts remind us that this is also a good time to check the batteries in all smoke detectors.

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** Lake Release 1,870 CFS Liberty Bridge: 6.53 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 202, MONDAY OCT. 25TH 2004-

Saturday, Miss TVE Rodeo was named. She is Stephanie Frankum–19 of Hardin who earned some wonderful gifts, including a new saddle. The Hardin girl will vie for Miss Rodeo- Texas next June. Horsemanship honors went Jessica Nugent –Liberty. Miss Congeniality is Codi Jo Pittman of Hardin.

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Liberty Police Sgt. Ricky Skarpa were responding to reports of a man staggering in the middle of Beaumont Ave. at Texas Street. at 11:30 Friday night, when the call changed to an auto/pedestrian accident. 42-year-old David Bean of Liberty reportedly walked in front of a car that struck him.near the SOS Thrift Shop. The man was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, with injuries described as “serious”.

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Total sales from last Friday’s TVE Youth Livestock Auction topped last year’s figures by more than $10,000. The final tally was $168,897. The Grand Champion steer, raised by East Chamber’s Jett Devillier, sold to BJ Hargraves for $10,000, also this year’s volume buyer. Mark Arnold- Dayton sold his Reserve Champ Steer to Ford and Barbara Flurry for $8,000. Agri-Land of Dayton added $250 to each of those auction prices. .

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A new all time early voting record of 3,447 in Liberty Co. has been set. This is the final week for early voting in the General Election.. Votes can still be cast today thru Friday from 8 am-5 pm. at the Courthouse and the Cleveland Annex, as well as from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Dayton Financial Center. There’s Early Voting today at the Raywood Fire Station, tomorrow at the Hull-Daisetta ISD Business Office and Wednesday at the Hardin Middle School, all from 3 to 7 p.m. 405 voted Sunday alone. ****************************************************

Both the Liberty Panthers and Dayton Broncos dropped to 2 and 1 in District Friday night. Cleveland defeated Liberty 26 to 14 while Dayton lost to the C. E. King Panthers,. 45-34. In other action, Hardin beat Kountze 30 to 0, Hull-Daisetta pounded Evadale, 34 to 7, Huffman over Tarkington 51 to 14, Barbers Hill shut out Splendora, 49 to 0 and Anahuac 19, Bridge City 16.

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FUNERALS: Shirley D. Johnson Smith, 67, of Hardin, Services held Sunday.*Joyce Bullard, 51, of Dayton, Services held Saturday*J. C. McManus, 89, of Wallisville, Services were Sunday.

** Lake Release 1,870 CFS Liberty Bridge: 6.22 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 201, FRIDAY OCT. 22ND 2004-

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In a death row interview aired on KSHN Radio, convicted murderer Robert Brice Morrow publicly admitted for the first time that he did murder 21-year-old Lisa Allison in 1996. However, his version of the crime was very different than that presented at his trial. In responding to those comments, District Attorney Mike Little who prosecuted the case, called Morrow’s insinuations that the young woman had gone with him willingly that night and that they were using drugs together, ridiculous. The DA called Morrow a “perverted beast” who was “incapable of telling the truth about anything.” Mr. Little said undeniable evidence from witnesses and forensic investigation was presented at Morrow’s trial proving he abducted Lisa Allison at knifepoint and that there were no drugs in her system at the time of her death. Robert Morrow’s execution date is November 4th.

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Here are the results from this week’s TVE Youth Livestock Judging. Grand Champion Market Steer: Jett Devillier, Reserve Champ: Mark Arnold; Gr. Champ. Market Goat: Courtney Kapalski, Res. Champ: Justin Perry; Gr. Champ. Market Lamb: Logan Daniels, Res. Champ: Rylee Hobbs; Grand Champ Market Swine: Mark Arnold, Res. Champ: Dayna Tidwell; Gr. Champ Market Broilers: Colby Arnold, Res. Champ: Kyle Sims; Grand Champ. Market Rabbit: Stephanie Clinton, Res. Champ: Elizabeth Chachere; Grand Champ. Commercial Heifer: Casey Jones, Res. Champ: Erika Clements.

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The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is Wednesday at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. A panel of local law-enforcement officials will discuss crime prevention. Lunch is beef and chicken fajitas for $7. For reservations, call the Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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The Texas Longhorns take on the Red Raiders at Texas Tech tomorrow with a 6 p.m. kick off. The pre-game is at 5 p.m. Our Saturday night programming moves to Sunday again with a recorded broadcast of the Liberty Opry at 5 p.m. and Roy Bennett’s “Country Classics” and “Liberty Bluegrass” at 9 p.m. right after Andy Waldrop’s “Solid Gold Sunday” program.

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FUNERAL: Vannie B. Fregia, 80, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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** Lake Release 1,870 CFS Liberty Bridge: 6.81 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 200, THURSDAY OCT. 21ST 2004-

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For the first time since being convicted of the April 1996 murder of Lisa Allison, 45-year-old Robert Brice Morrow has publicly admitted his guilt. In a death row interview with KSHN Reporter Patti Atkins, Morrow confessed to the killing and apologized to the Allison Family. The condemned man said he felt he would never have committed the crime if he had not been under the influence of drugs. Morrow is slated for execution on Nov. 4th.

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The alleged co-conspirator in a murder-for-hire plot has died. Lisa Beth Whitmire was charged, along with her husband, Matthew Whitmire with attempting to hire a hit man to kill DPS Trooper Bryan Nichols. In the advanced stages of multiple sclerosis, Mrs. Whitmire died just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. She had been free on a $100,000 bond, awaiting trial for Criminal Solicitation and Conspiracy to Commit Capital Murder. Matthew Whitmire was convicted in May on similar charges and given two life sentences. Lisa Whitmire was 40 years old.

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Early voting totals in Liberty County could be headed for a record. County Clerk Delia Sellars said the number of ballots cast during early voting periods has averaged about 3,000 in the past. However, the number of residents voting early for the November 2nd General Election over the first two days of the period is already at 1, 251 with nine more days to go.

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The Liberty City Council met Tuesday night and named three finalists for the position of Municipal Court Judge. They are John Hebert Jr., Roy D. House Jr. and Bobby Rader. Council also voted to set the salary for that part-time position at $1,000 per month with no benefits. The action came after an executive session that lasted and hour and forty minutes.

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The Liberty Panthers are in Cleveland tomorrow night to take on the Indians, while the Dayton Broncos host the C. E. King Panthers. Our live broadcast begins with Dayton game at 6:50 tomorrow night, kick off is at 7. We’ll split our stereo signal at 7:20 with the Liberty pre-game on our left channel and Dayton vs. C. E. King continuing on our right channel.

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FUNERALS: Mary Williams Arceneaux, 80, Services at 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood. **

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** Lake Release 1,870 CFS Liberty Bridge: 6.82 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 199, WEDNESDAY OCT. 20TH 2004-

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The 2004 Trinity Valley Exposition is underway today through Saturday at the TVE Fairgrounds on FM 563 in Liberty. There are plenty of food booths, exhibits, vendors, the petting zoo and the Talley Amusements Carnival each day of the TVE. PRCA Rodeo performances start at 7:30 each night in the arena followed by a free dance in the Fairgrounds Pavilion. Judging will continue daily in the Youth Livestock show, culminating in the TVE Livestock Auction on Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. ****************************************************

The Dayton Community Development Corporation announced Monday plans for a theme-oriented water park to be built on Hwy 321. State Rep. Dan Ellis played a major role linking the Henderson Family of Dayton with the Governor’s Economic Development Office. Ellis said most of the investment dollars are guaranteed under a Federal Small Business Administration Loan. Initial construction is for 6 acres, at a price tag of $6 million to $10 million. The estimated opening is Summer 2006.

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TVE Youth Livestock Judging results have Stephanie Clinton of the Cleveland FFA with the Grand Champion Market Rabbit. Reserve Champion Market Rabbit was shown by Elizabeth Chachere of the Dayton 4-H. In the TVE Public Speaking Contest, added this year, 1st Place in the Junior Division went to Morgan Ericson of Liberty, 2nd Place Lauren Clements- Cleveland, and 3rd Place Anna Mangum of Hardin. In the Senior Division: 1st Place Jamie Davis- Dayton, 2nd Place Bryce Gilfillian- East Chambers 3rd Place Kayla Taylor- Hull-Daisetta.

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Today’s All Nine Partyline Program at 8:30 a.m. features the candidates for Precinct #3 Liberty County Commissioner: Incumbent Melvin Hunt (D) and Challenger Bob Foote (R).

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FUNERALS: Dirk Knearem, 40, of Baytown, Services are at 10 a.m. today 1st United Methodist Church in Anahuac. ** Blanchie Lavirne Arnold, 70, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. ** Cindy Jenkins, 51, of Stowell, Services at 2 p.m. today at St. Louis Catholic Church in Winnie. ** Beverly Alberta Brasfield, 66, of Anahuac, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. ** Betty P. Dorman, 74,of Dayton, Services at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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** Lake Release 1,870 CFS Liberty Bridge: 8.23 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 198, TUESDAY OCT. 19TH 2004-

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The traffic accident that killed a Chambers County Sheriff’s Deputy Sunday night remains under investigation. According to information from the Chambers County Sheriff’s Dept., Deputy Dirk Knearem, 40, was responding to a reported wreck at around 8 p.m. when he attempted a left turn from Hwy 73 onto Hwy 124. The deputy’s patrol car hit a vehicle driven by 46-year-old Jimmy Lewis of Port Arthur. Deputy Knearem, a peace officer since 1988, was killed in the wreck. Jimmy Lewis was transported to the Winnie Community Hospital with injuries describe as non-life threatening. Initial information from DPS Investigators is that it appears Jimmy Lewis had the right of way. Funeral services for Deputy Knearem are pending.

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Dayton Police Officer Chris Boufford said there were no children aboard a Dayton ISD Bus involved in a wreck yesterday. It was about 2:30 p.m. when School Bus Driver Essie Guinn, 35, of Dayton ran into the side of an HEB tractor trailer that ran a red light at the intersection of Hwy 90 and Cleveland Street. No one was injured, but the truck’s driver, Mary Walley, 49, of Spring, was cited for disregarding the red light.

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Law Officers in Chambers County have recovered the car of a young woman found murdered in an abandoned building in Winnie on Oct. 4th. The 1999 Pontiac Bonneville belonging to 19-year-old Courtney Megan Coco of Louisiana was found outside a Houston Apartment Complex last week. Arrested were Cheatak Thomas, 24, and Joseph Lawrence, 21, for Driving a Stolen Vehicle. Investigators say, however, that both men have been eliminated as murder suspects. The place and cause of Courtney Coco’s death still remain a mystery.

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TVE Facilities Manager James Bricker said that, as in the past few years, there would be a free dance after each night’s PRCA Rodeo Performance. When the rodeo announcer says good night, the band will start playing. Rodeo tickets are on sale now at Baskins, FLNB, Tractor Supply and at the Fairgrounds Office.

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FUNERAL: A. T. “Buddy” Cherry, 86, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Celestine Taylor Johnson, 82, of Raywood, Services pending at Wells Mortuary in Liberty. **

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** Lake Release 1,870 CFS Liberty Bridge: 8.86 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 197, MONDAY OCT. 18TH 2004-

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DPS Sgt. Ryan Arthur said after midnight on Friday 38-year-old James Walter Ryan of Saratoga slammed his truck into the 23rd car of the privately owned Timber Rock Railroad where the track crosses Hwy 146 in Rye. The pickup truck was dragged some 2 ½ miles through the woods near the Hoop N’ Holler Subdivision. An extraordinary early morning rescue effort by the North Liberty County Volunteer Fire Department freed the victim and he was carried to a waiting air ambulance. James Ryan is expected to recover from his injuries, including numerous broken bones. Alcohol may have been a factor.

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DA Mike Little said a jury in Judge Chap Cain’s 253rd District Court sentenced 36-year-old Johnny Rhea of Cleveland to 35 years in prison for each of two counts of aggravated sexual Assault of a Child. Rhea was also sentenced to 20 years and a $10,000 fine for each of two counts of Indecency with a Child. The DA said Rhea pled guilty to all four charges after a jury had been seated. The incident occurred in 1995. The victim was 12.

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Former Liberty Mayor Paul Daniels died at the age of 85 on Saturday. He served several years on city council then 3-terms as mayor from 1974 –80. Funeral services are 2pm today at First Methodist Church. Burial follows at Cooke Memorial Cem

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The Liberty Panthers shut out the Splendora Wildcats Friday night, 52 to 0. The Dayton Broncos defeated the Forest Brook Jaguars 34 to 18. In other action, for the first time in recent memory, Tarkington beat Cleveland, 27 to 26 and Huffman 7, Barbers Hill 6. Also East Chambers 41, Hardin 7 and Hull-Daisetta got their first win over Chester, 29 to 13.

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Former Liberty Co. Treasurer, now convicted felon, Janet Harrelson’s appeal was heard in Conroe Thursday. DA Mike Little said 1 of 3 judges asked questions. That was about one of the four felony convictions. Little expects to hear a court of appeal decision by year’s end.

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78-Dayton –Services Tuesday 2pm @ Pleasant Hill Baptist (Wells FH)*

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** Lake Release 7,000 CFS Liberty Bridge: 8.86 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 196, FRIDAY OCT. 15TH 2004-

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According to Daisetta Police, Officer Tim Moody pulled over a vehicle he had seen driving erratically Wednesday night only to have the driver take off and flee at speeds exceeding 90 mph. Officer Moody learned during the pursuit, the vehicle’s driver, 55-year-old Garry Wayne Cantrell of Batson, had his driver license suspended. The car also matched the description of a vehicle seen leaving the seen of an attempted burglary. The chase ended at a residence on FM 770 just off Hwy 105. Garry Cantrell was arrested and charged with Evading Police and Driving with a Suspended License. The Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Department is investigating the report of an attempted burglary.

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According to information from Memorial Hermann Hospital, 44-year-old Charles “Chuck” Ashley is currently listed in serious condition. The Raywood man was airlifted to the Houston Hospital Wednesday morning, after his leg became caught between the front-end loader he was operating and a tree. Mr. Ashley was working alone on Fontenot Road off FM 160 in Raywood when the accident occurred. He was dragged from the machine and was, briefly, pinned under one spinning wheel.

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During Tuesday’s Liberty County Commissioner’s Court Meeting, County Auditor Harold Seay reported that the County Jail operation has gone roughly $800,000 over its allotted $1.5 million budget in Fiscal Year 2004. Seay told Commissioners the overage was due to population growth and increased arrests in the Liberty County meant more prisoners from here were being charged back to the County than ever before. A new contract with CCA should increase the number of beds the county has at the lower, per day costs.

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The Annual Decorated Stick Horse Competition and Grand Entry is Wednesday at the TVE Fairgrounds. Children age 2 years through the 1st grade are invited to bring their own stick horse or pick one up at Baskin’s Department Store or the Baker & Zbranek Law Firm in Liberty. Awards will be announced following the Rodeo Grand Entry that night.

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FUNERAL: Krystal Randolph Gilbert, 23, of Houston, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Olive Bethel Baptist Church in Hardin. ** Willie Frank Earls, Jr. 73-Liberty. Services Saturday 10 am at Allison Funeral Service .

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 195, THURSDAY OCT. 14TH 2004-

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Information from several sources indicates 44-year-old Charles “Chuck” Ashley was working alone on Fontenot Road off Hwy 160 in Raywood when his leg became trapped between the front-end loader he was operating and a tree. Dragged from the machine, the man fell under its wheels where one of it’s wheels set turning on his leg. Once he freed himself, Charles Ashley climbed back on the front-end loader and drove to the road, where he flagged down a motorist for help. Mr. Ashley reportedly suffered severe blood loss and was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, where at last report, he was undergoing surgery on his injured leg.

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The story of a newborn baby called “Jacob”, left at the door of the Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital in March has reached a happy conclusion. According to local attorney Barbara Norwood, who has acted as the child’s appointed legal representative, final custody of the baby was returned to his now 19-year-old mother on September 15th. The decision came after months of counseling, CPS oversight and family support. The little boy now 7 months old has been in the temporary custody of his maternal grandparents during the interim. “Jacob” now has a new name and a fresh start.

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The TVE Ranch Rodeo is Tuesday Night starting at 7 at the Fairgrounds on FM 563 in Liberty. Sixteen 4-person teams of local cowboys will be showing off their skills in events that include cattle sorting, branding, double mugging, bronc’ riding and wild cow milking. Admission is $4 advance for adults, $2 for kids under 12. Call 936-336-7455 for tickets.

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The Liberty Panthers play host to the Splendora Wildcats tomorrow night with a 7:30 kick off. The Dayton Broncos are on the road against the Forest Brook Jaguars. As with the rest of Dayton’s District Games, kick off for the Broncos and Jaguars is at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Our live broadcast of Dayton Football starts at 6:50. All Nine Sports will switch to a Split Channel Broadcast at 7:20 tomorrow night for the Liberty Panthers pre-game.

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** Lake Release 7,000 CFS Liberty Bridge: 11.06 ASL**

 

-VOLUME 19 NO. 194, WEDNESDAY OCT. 13TH 2004-

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Dr. Joseph Willie, Attorney for former Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson said he believes the 9th Court of Appeals will rule that his client committed no crime. The 51-year-old Harrelson is appealing the four-count conviction that led to her removal from office and a sentence of 60 days in jail, 10 years probation and $20,000 in fines. Oral arguments in the appeal are scheduled for tomorrow, with an allotted 20 minutes each for the defense and the prosecution to state their cases. The defense will also have 10 minutes for rebuttal. DA Mike Little has said he feels the convictions will stand the test of appeal.

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The TVE Country Weekend is this Friday and Saturday. The 42 Tournament gets underway at 7 p.m. at the TVE Expo Hall. Entry is $5 per person with prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd Place Winners. On Saturday, the TVE Baby Parade starts at 10 a.m. in Downtown Liberty. Baby Parade Chair Jennifer Regen said the entry deadline has been extended through close-of-business tomorrow. Out at the Fairgrounds on FM 563 Saturday, events include the BBQ Cook Off, the Horseshoe and Washer Pitching at 10 a.m., Check in for the Home Economics Food Entries and the Concert Dance at 8 p.m. with Charlie Robison. For more information, link to the TVE Web Site from kshn.com.

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The District Attorney’s Office for Liberty and Chambers Counties is now offering free computer software to help parents protect their children from Internet predators. The “Computer Cop” can be used on multiple p/c brands and scans for offensive words and phrases, searches for key words and phrases pedophiles might use to lure children and even retrieves deleted files and images. The versatile computer program could help parents keep track of what their kids are doing on line. The software is free to residents of Liberty and Chambers Counties. For more information call 936-336-4609 or 409-267-8271.

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The 3rd Annual Sporting Clay Shoot sponsored by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce and Legend Bank is this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at Pecan Meadow Sporting Center in Hardin. Event Chair Arlene Langham said unlike previous years, this year’s fundraiser for the Dayton Chamber will be a “registered shoot” and points can be applied to National Competition Shooting scores. To sign up in advance, call 936-257-2393.

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 193, TUESDAY OCT. 12TH 2004-

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Two arrests have been made in the burglary and arson of the Dan VanDeventer Family home on Holly St. in Liberty back in January 2003. According to information from Liberty Police, Jason Harkey, 20,of Liberty is jailed on a $500,000 bond and a 14-year-old juvenile was arrested Monday in connection to the case. At a hearing yesterday, County Judge Lloyd Kirkham ordered the youth be held at the Montgomery County Juvenile Facility, but while being led away by a Sheriff’s Deputy, the underage suspect fled from the courthouse. He was recaptured less than an hour later near the Liberty County Jail on Beaumont Avenue. It is expected that a felony escape charge will now also be filed against the juvenile suspect.

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Initial experiments in storing carbon dioxide underground as opposed to releasing it into the air have proven successful. A University of Texas Research Team made up of scientists from the U.S., Canada and Australia are conducting the experiments on Dugat Road South of Dayton. Project Leader Dr. Sue Hovorka said Friday her team had just finished tabulating their first results and the process appears to be working. The hope is that underground CO2 storage could ease global warming. The researchers are now a third of the way through the project.

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KSHN Radio’s series of political forums continues tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. when the featured guests on the All Nine Partyline Program will be the candidates for Liberty County Sheriff in the November 2nd General Election. Democratic Incumbent Greg Arthur and Republican Challenger Will Cox will discuss their candidacy and answer questions called in by our listeners.

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The 2004 TVE Baby Parade is this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. in Downtown Liberty. This year’s theme is “Special Days of the Year” and those children infant through kindergarten age are welcome to participate. Cost to enter is $10. The deadline to sign up is tomorrow. Call the TVE Fairgrounds Office at 936-336-7455 for more information on entering the parade.

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FUNERALS: Philip Harry Robinson, 68, of Baytown, Memorial services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Palms Memorial Park in Dayton. ** Elder Lee Fontenot, 62, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. today at Wilderness Church in Liberty. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 190, FRIDAY OCT. 8TH 2004-

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During Attorney Jeff Moore’s report to the Dayton City Council Tuesday night on his investigation of the Dayton Community Development Corporation, he focused on the initial open records request of that organization by Vindicator Newspaper Editor/Publisher Brad Harrington. As reported, that request led to what Harrington called an “interrogation” by DCDC Director Sue Priddy and two of her staff on why he wanted the information. Moore told Council he felt the root of this and other questions about how the DCDC operates is that state statutes governing economic development groups are vague and open to different interpretations. The investigator said the law does not allow for those kinds of inquiries into Public Records requests but neither does it impose fines for those who break that law.

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The case of Janet Harrelson is scheduled to go before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday October 14th. According to District Attorney Mike Little, written motions from both sides are now in the hands of the judges. The hearing next week will allow prosecution and defense attorneys 20 minutes each to present their positions on the appeal for a new trial for the ousted former Liberty County Treasurer. The DA said he is confident the three-judge panel will find no cause to overturn Ms. Harrelson’s convictions on numerous charges relating to abuse of her elected office. A decision could take a couple of months.

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Due to a drastic shortage of flu vaccine, State Health Officials are recommending the shots only be given to those most at risk including very young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses. Liberty County Health Authority Dr. Steven Ellerbe said the British Government’s decision to shut down one major producer of the vaccine means that only about half the expected number of dosages will be available.

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The new Hardin City Hall will be dedicated tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with a ceremony by the Hull Masonic Lodge to formally level the building’s dedication stone. The city’s new $100,000 City Hall is on CR# 2010, ½ a block east of Hwy 146. Hardin Mayor Bill Haynie invites everyone to the dedication.

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FUNERAL: Wanda Flowers, 67, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 190, THURSDAY OCT. 7TH 2004-

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Hull-Daisetta School Superintendent Lynn Cummins has retracted statements we reported yesterday that School Trustees directed him to replace Hull-Daisetta Police Officers with officers attached to the Precinct #2 Constable’s Office at all school events requiring security. H-D School Trustee Burke Dagle said the board did not give that order and the Interim Superintendent, Steve Dozer, would decide who would work security at school events. Dozer is currently Hull-Daisetta High School Principal. Lynn Cummins resigned Monday night.

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Tuesday night, Attorney Jeff Moore presented the Dayton City Council with the results of his investigation into the Dayton Community Development Corporation. Accusations of improper, possibly illegal conduct regarding the release of public information by DCDC Director Sue Priddy and others prompted Council to launch the investigation. After Council members voted three to one to keep the meeting in open session, Moore said he found no irregularities or illegal actions by Mrs. Priddy or the DCDC Board. The attorney said he felt there was a perception among those at the DCDC that they had more autonomy than the law actually allows. .

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Advance tickets are on sale now for the TVE Concert Dance on Saturday Oct. 16th at the fairgrounds on FM 563 in Liberty. Texas natives Charlie Robison and Aaron Watson will provide the musical entertainment. Tickets are $12 in advance at Baskins Department Store in Liberty or at the TVE Fairgrounds Office. .

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It’s Homecoming for both Liberty and Dayton tomorrow night. The Panthers open District hosting the Tarkington Longhorns, while the Broncos, also starting District Play, entertain Houston Smiley. Kick off for all Dayton’s District Games is 7 p.m. Kick off for the Liberty game is still at 7:30. Our live Split Channel Broadcast starts with Dayton vs. Smiley at 6:50 on our right channel, at 7:20 tomorrow night for Liberty vs. Tarkington on our left channel. You can also listen live on line at kshn.com.

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FUNERALS: Wanda Jewel Ewing, 88, formerly of Hull, Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Batson Prairie Baptist Church. ** Odie Courvell, 45,of Mont Belvieu, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling White Chapel Funeral Home in Highlands.

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 189, WEDNESDAY OCT. 6TH 2004-

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Controversy is brewing in the Hull-Daisetta ISD. School Superintendent Lynn Cummins said he was specifically directed by School Trustees not to allow Daisetta City Police Officers to work security at UIL events or other extra-curricular activities, but instead to hire Precinct #2 Constable Jimmy Belt’s Office to handle security. Further, Cummins said he was told to have Belt use only off-duty Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies or his own. One H-D School Trustee, who asked not to be named, denied instructing Cummins to take that action. Trustee Marvin Fregia said he had no comment and directed us to the district’s attorney.

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At their meeting Monday night, the Dayton City Council set a round of public hearings on plans to annex a large strip of land on the south side of FM 1960. Council has already annexed seven tracts that add up to a one-thousand-foot wide strip that extends some seven miles along the north side of that same highway. City Manager Robert Ewart said this latest proposed annexation includes 92 residences, 21 businesses and 4 churches. The public hearings are set for Monday and Tuesday Nov. 8th and 9th. Council will vote on the annexation Dec.6th.

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The TVE 4-D Barrel Racing Series is this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the Fairgrounds on FM 563 in Liberty. Facilities Manager James Bricker said about 100 riders are expected to enter the event that divides competitors in to divisions by best speed in the placement run. Admission is free.

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Liberty County Judge Lloyd Kirkham has lifted the ban against outdoor burning in rural areas of the county. Dry conditions have improved and the threat of wildfires has been reduced. The burning ban was rescinded yesterday morning.

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The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is holding the Annual Youth Waterfowl Expo this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and offers instruction on hunter safety, duck calling waterfowl identification, how to cook waterfowl and other programs focusing on the importance of wetlands and waterfowl. For more information, call the Refuge at 409-267-3337.

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FUNERALS: Jeffie Bankston, 55, of Kenefick, Services at 11 a.m. Friday at the Liberty Community Church in Milano, Tx. **

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 188, TUESDAY OCT. 5TH 2004-

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City Manager Allen Barnes has named 27-year-department veteran Fred Collins as Liberty’s new Fire Chief. The 46-year-old Collins has been Interim Chief since the resignation of Jamie Galloway several months ago. Barnes said Fred Collins was completely qualified for the job with the necessary experience and a sense of direction for the future of the Liberty Fire Department. The City Manager said Fred Collins’ promotion to Chief is effective as of yesterday.

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While a final determination has not yet been made, information from the Liberty Fire Department indicates an electrical alarm clock may have sparked the fire that damaged a home at 123 East Street yesterday. A couple out for a walk spotted flames through a front corner window of the home around 8 a.m. No one was injured since the homeowners, Daryl and Michelle Pierce were at work and a teenage son was at school when the fire started. All three of the family’s dogs were rescued in good shape. Major damage to a bedroom where the fire started was reported as well as some minor water damage.

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Early voting in the November 2nd General Election is from Monday Oct. 18th through Friday Oct. 29th weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Liberty County Courthouse and the Cleveland Annex plus from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays at FLNB’s Dayton Financial Center. Voters can also cast early ballots Sunday Oct. 24th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at those same three locations. Special early voting opportunities are set for Oct. 20th at the Tarkington School Bldg., Oct 25th at the Raywood Fire Station, Oct. 26th at the Hull-Daisetta ISD Business Office and on Oct. 27th at the Hardin Middle School. Early voting hours at those four special locations is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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In spite of the ban against outdoor burning that has been in effect since late last week, Liberty County Sheriff’s Officers and local volunteer fire departments continue to race back and forth from one fire to another. Now, violators are being cited and fines can run several hundred dollars. The ban remains in effect while dry conditions leave the county vulnerable to wildfires.

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FUNERAL: Ruby Lillian Guidry, 86, of Devers, Services at 2 p.m. today at 1st Baptist Church in Devers.

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 187, MONDAY OCT. 4TH 2004-

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Tomorrow will be a sad day in Cleveland. Five funerals to honor victims of that horrible Friday morning wreck. on SH 105. A memorial for Willard “Will” Bell – 32 at 9 tomorrow morning at First Baptist –Cleveland.. Neal Funeral Home is in charge. Will Bell is survived by his wife and two young children, He’s the driver of the car the four high school students struck. Services for 17 year old brother and 15 year old sister – Matthew and Gennie Montemayor will be at 3 Tuesday also at First Baptist –Cleveland. Pace-Stancil will be in charge. The last service tomorrow will be a combined memorial for Russell Johnson –18 and his fiancée Gina Aldana-17.Their memorial service is at 6pm Tuesday at the Christian Life Center Church in Cleveland, Neal Funeral Home is in charge. Three of the teens are Cleveland High Seniors and the other a sophomore. .

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Today is the last day to register to vote in the November 2nd General Election. Prospective voters need to complete an application at the Liberty Co.Tax Assessor Mark McClelland today. Applications by mail must be postmarked with today’s date. Early voting for the November Election runs from Monday Oct. 18th through Friday Oct. 29th. Contested County and District Wide Races on the ballot include those for Liberty County Sheriff, Precinct #3 Liberty County Commissioner, District #18 State Representative and for the newly redrawn Congressional Districts #2 and #8 with portions of Liberty County in each.

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The Dayton Historical Society is again raffling the “Log Cabin Quilt” to benefit the Old School Restoration Project. The winner of last year’s raffle has donated the attractive, handmade quilt back to the Historical Society for a second fundraiser. Tickets are $1 or $5 for a book of six. Call 936-258-3386.

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The Dayton Broncos brought their pre-district record to 2 and 3 Friday night with a 55 to 20 win over Channelview. Dayton opens district play next Friday against Houston Smiley for Homecoming. Big Change:Broncos district games begin at 7 p.m. Liberty’s Homecoming Game Friday kicks off at 7:30 p.m..

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FUNERAL: Hebert Wesley Carrier, 64, of Houston, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of the Sea Catholic Church in Houston ** Kimberly Jane Brown, 37, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. II

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-VOLUME 19 NO. 186, FRIDAY OCT. 1ST 2004-

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Hull-Daisetta School Superintendent Lynn Cummins will officially submit his resignation to Hull Daisetta School Trustees during a special called board meeting Monday night. Mr. Cummins said he has accepted a job as Director of Policy and Administration for the Clear Creek ISD South of Houston. Lynn Cummins has been Superintendent for Hull-Daisetta the past two years and his final day on the job will be October 15th.

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With two of the eight remaining applicants for Liberty Municipal Judge found ineligible, the number of those being considered to replace the late “Sonny” Loftin is now six. City Attorney Neil Iverson said the rules against nepotism disqualify applicants Steve Swan who is Councilman Mike McCarty’s brother-in-law and Rick McGuire, brother of Councilman Charles McGuire. That leaves Gary Bunyard, John Hebert Jr., Roy House, Jr., Ellis Pickett, Bobby Rader and Mark Stroud in the running for the part-time position.

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The Texas Education Agency has released the Annual Accountability Rating of School District’s Statewide. Of the seven Liberty County School Districts, five: Liberty, Dayton, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta and Cleveland all received Academically Acceptable ratings, while two: Devers and Tarkington received ratings of Academically Recognized.

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Liberty County Judge Lloyd Kirkham has issued ban against Outdoor Burning in the rural areas of the county. Dry conditions in Southeast Texas means the threat of wildfires is on the rise. The burn ban will be in effect until October 12th or until sufficient rain alleviates drought conditions.

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The 2nd Annual Tarkington Round Up is tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tarkington School Campus. The festival includes lots of food booths, fall festival booths and historical displays. Organizer Susan Rice said last year’s event surrounded the dedication of a historical marker for Tarkington Schools and proved so popular they decided to make it an annual event.

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The Dayton Broncos are at Channelview with kick off at 7:30. All Nine Sports broadcast of Broncos Football begins at 7:20 tonight. The Liberty Panthers have the night off.

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