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March 2003

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 61, MONDAY, MAR. 31ST 2003-

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Liberty Police are searching for two men who reportedly robbed Wanda Washington of Liberty Friday night. The victim told police she was at the gas pump at the Spin N Mart on Main Street in Liberty around 11 p.m. when a beige 95 Oldsmobile with two men inside pulled up. One man described as white, late 30’s or early 40’s with a blond beard and long hair in a ponytail threatened her with a knife. The other, a 40ish black male drove the car away after she had surrendered her purse. She then wrote down the car’s license number. Police have traced the plate to a Cleveland address. No arrests have been made yet.

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Cleveland Police have confirmed that logging company owner Charlie Langston is one of two men found shot to death at the Cleveland business last Thursday morning. The identity of the second shooting victim has not yet been determined, but investigators believe he is one of at least two suspects involved in robbing the business on Cold Spring Road and the Hwy 59 Bypass. An undetermined amount of cash, one or more firearms and a pick up truck is reported missing from the scene. The truck is a 2000 Ford F-150, black with tan stripes, 4 x 4 decals on each side with the Texas license plate number 4XV-T03. Anyone who sees it is asked to call the nearest police agency.

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The Dayton Broncos Baseball Team beat C. E. King Friday night 7 to 5. Tomorrow, Coach Tom DeBerry’s squad travels to Galena Park to play the Yellojackets at 7 p.m. The Liberty Panthers defeated Huffman 3 to 0 Friday. Next for the Panthers is a match up with the Cleveland Indians in the Liberty Municipal Park tomorrow night. All Nine Sports’ live broadcast of the Liberty game starts shortly before 7 p.m.

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Bobby Pope, owner of Express Lube in Liberty has announced a $300,000 addition to his popular business on N. Main and the 146 Bypass is going up next door. Construction has already begun on a 2-bay touch-free automatic car wash with credit card or cash access 24 hours a day.

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FUNERALS: Lucille Fregia, 84, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. today at Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Liberty. ** Iva Thelma Beasley, 94, of Hardin, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church-Marysee in Hardin. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.80 ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 60, FRIDAY, MAR. 28TH 2003-

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Reliable sources confirm the bodies of two men were found apparently dead of gunshot wounds, at the Charlie Langston Logging Co. building on Cold Springs Road at the Hwy 59 Bypass in Cleveland yesterday morning. The body of one is believed to be the owner, Charlie Langston. The second victim has not yet been identified. Investigators are searching for a vehicle believed to have been stolen from Charlie Langston. It is described as a 2000 Ford F-150 Pick Up Truck, black with tan stripes on the bottom, license number: 4XV-T03. Anyone who sees this vehicle is asked to contact the nearest police agency.

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The 11th Annual Dayton Ole Tyme Days is coming up on the weekend of April 11th through the 13th in downtown Dayton. The yearly festival promotes the city while raising scholarship monies for graduating seniors at Dayton High School. Activities include food and crafts booths, a car show, carnival, a street dance, a barbecue cook off and the Junior Chili Cook Off for children 5 to 18. For information on festival events, visit the “upcoming events” page at kshn.com and link to their web site.

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Computer Solutions owner Randy Meche said his brother John Meche is moving Meche Insurance Agency to the old post office building at North Main and Cos in Liberty in the coming weeks. Computer Solutions will then move into the insurance company’s current location at 1410 North Main in Liberty.

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So far 225 men have registered for tomorrow’s 8th Annual Free Prostate Screening at Liberty Dayton Community Hospital. The screening is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the hospital’s Outpatient Clinic. Hospital Administrator Sean Stricker said the two tests offered free of charge provide the best method of detecting prostate cancer. 40,000 American men die each year of this form of cancer that is very curable if detected early. Call the Outpatient Clinic at 336-7316, Ext.130 to register.

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FUNERALS: Donald E. Flurry, 68, of Eastgate, Services at 11 a.m. today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Christopher Shawn Mouton, 28, Devers, Services at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Galilee Baptist Church in Devers. ** Willie “Bill” Mitchell, 81, of Ames, Services at noon tomorrow at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.20 ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 59, THURSDAY, MAR. 27TH 2003-

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According to Assistant County Attorney Michael Pichinson, Liberty County Commissioners have authorized his office to begin the process of selecting and appointing a special prosecutor to handle the civil case against ousted County Treasurer Janet Harrelson. Ms. Harrelson remains suspended with pay pending the resolution of the suit brought against her by attorney John Archer and 18 elected county officials for alleged misconduct. Mr. Pichinson said now that Ms. Harrelson had been indicted on criminal charges including forgery and tampering with government documents, the civil case can move forward without interfering with the grand jury investigation.

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More details will be announced soon, but planning is underway for a local ceremony to honor and celebrate the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces for their service to our nation. The City of Liberty, the Liberty Rotary Club and the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce have joined together to plan the event and initial plans are to hold it at the Jubilee Pavilion on the grounds of the Humphreys Cultural Center in Liberty.

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The Liberty Panthers Baseball Team is in Huffman tomorrow night to take on the Hargraves Falcons at 7 p.m. All Nine Sports will broadcast the game beginning shortly before the first pitch.

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Performances of the Valley Players’ production of “The Music Man” set for tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Humphreys Burson Theater have sold out. The show’s director Jackie Hartel said tickets have been going fast and the single matinee performance on Sunday April 6th at 2 p.m. is already sold out as well. Reservations are still available for 8 p.m. performances on Thursday April 2nd through Saturday April 5th. Tickets are $5 each. Call 336-6699 for reservations.

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The correct number to call for information on entering the Dayton FFA Rodeo Parade is 258-3801. We regret the error.

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FUNERALS: C.A. Dailey, 66, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. * Donald Flurry of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. * Delbert Stanley Oliver, Jr., 24, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. today at Pentecostal Tabernacle in Liberty. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.71 ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 57, TUESDAY, MAR. 25TH 2003-

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All Nine News has learned of the death of a longtime friend of the City of Liberty. Rev. Darryl Watson is reported to have collapsed at his home in Australia. Rev. Watson served as pastor of Heights Baptist Church in Liberty for seven years, was president of the Spirit of Sharing, an active member of the Liberty Rotary Club, as well as Liberty Police and Fire Department Chaplain. Before returning to his native Australia, Darryl Watson helped found the Police, Fire and EMS Memorial Service that continues as an annual event each May. Rev. Watson was 64 years old. Funeral services are at 2:30 Thursday in Australia, that is Friday here due to the time difference.

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Liberty Police Officer Kenneth Taylor said 19-year-old Juan Guzman of Liberty failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection of Bowie and Magnolia Streets Sunday night and crossed into the path of a motorcycle operated by Darrell Dubose, 30, also of Liberty. Liberty EMS personnel said Mr. Dubose had suffered possible hip and leg injuries in the wreck and he was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The injuries were not thought life threatening.

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According to U.S. Congressman Jim Turner, Congress has approved $750 million to the Firefighter Assistance Grant Program this year, more than doubling the funds available to community fire departments for operations and equipment. All local fire departments are welcome to apply for the grant funds, but must do so by April 11th. The funds will be distributed no later than July. Last year, East Texas fire departments received more than $1.2 million in assistance from the program.

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The Annual Dayton FFA Rodeo Parade is set for Saturday May 3rd at 10 a.m. in downtown Dayton. Organizers are now accepting nominations for “Frontier Legends” to serve as Parade Grand Marshals. To nominate a Liberty County farmer, rancher, oilman or rodeo legend, call 936-258-3801 or pick up a nomination form at Dayton Oil and Lube on East Clayton. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday April 15th.

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FUNERAL: Carolyn Morrow Stubblefield, 65, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. today at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Liberty. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.60 ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 56, MONDAY, MAR. 24TH 2003-

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Liberty firefighters responding to an alarm at Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital yesterday afternoon found a white haze in the hospital’s surgical area that turned out to be steam, rather than smoke. Fire Captain Fred Collins traced a ruptured steam line to a generator that provided superheated steam for sterilization purposes and released the pressure without causing further damage to the system. City Emergency Medical Director Dr. Steven Ellerbe said in spite of some tense moments, there were no evacuations and hospital operations were not disrupted.

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Liberty Police report the arrest of 44-year-old Angel Delgado Garcia and 52-year-old Ebaristo Sanches Delarosa as they were attempting to burglarize the Panda Panda Chinese Restaurant in Liberty early last Friday morning. Police Officers Ben Satterwhite and Kenneth Taylor reportedly responded to an alarm and caught the pair behind the restaurant with the cash register. Bond on Delarosa and Garcia was set at $20,000 each on charges of Burglary of a Building.

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Assistant Superintendent Tommy Davis told Liberty ISD Trustees last Tuesday that construction on the district’s new middle school campus on Jefferson Drive is running about six weeks behind schedule due to excessive rainfall. Davis said contractors feel confident they can catch up on preliminary site work once they get several days of dry weather.

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The American Cancer Society’s Annual Relay for Life is Friday April 4th and Saturday April 5th at Memorial Stadium in Liberty. For the first time this year, there will be a silent auction prior to the relay with a variety of donated merchandise and services going up on the block. To donate an item, call 336-3945.

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The next district game for the Liberty Panthers Baseball Team is tomorrow night at the Liberty Municipal Park against the Tarkington Longhorns. All Nine Sports will broadcast Liberty vs. Tarkington starting shortly before the first pitch at 7 p.m.

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FUNERALS: Josephine Sherrouse Collins, 84, of Hull, Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Allison Funeral Service. ** Thomas J. Sims, 87, of Devers, Services held Saturday. ** Ruby Scott Benton, 89, of Dayton, Services held Saturday. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.86 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 55, FRIDAY, MAR. 21ST 2003-

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The 18th Annual Liberty Jubilee has arrived with fun for the entire family in downtown Liberty. Tomorrow’s full day of activities includes the Jubilee Parade at 10 a.m., live music and entertainment on three stages, games and activities for the kids and a variety of food and arts and crafts booths. Other Jubilee favorites include the petting zoo, barbecue cook off, the Library Book and Bake Sale, the Antique Show and Sale and lots more. Gates open at 9 a.m. tomorrow and admission is just $1.

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One candidate each in both the Liberty and Dayton City Council elections have been disqualified and removed from the ballot. Liberty City Secretary Diane Tidwell said Bruce Karbowski is ineligible to run for city council since a full 30 days has not passed since he registered to vote and his registration is not yet valid. According to Dayton City Secretary Terry Dryden, Anthony Boring does not meet city residency requirements and therefore cannot run for the Dayton City Council. Both Mr. Karbowski and Mr. Boring have been notified of the decisions.

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Just a reminder that the City of Liberty’s planned power outage is this Sunday morning. Electricity will be off citywide from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. so necessary repairs can be made to a switch at the Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency Substation on FM 3361. Sunday’s power outage was rescheduled from last month due to bad weather on the original date.

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Reservations are available now for the Valley Players’ 50th Anniversary production “The Music Man”. Performances are set for Thursday and Friday March 27th and 28th and Thursday April 3rd through Saturday April 5th all at 8 p.m. at the Humphreys Burson Theater on Sam Houston Street in Liberty. There will also be a single matinee performance on Sunday April 6th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. For reservations, call 336-6699.

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All Nine Sports live broadcast of the Dayton Broncos Baseball Team vs. the Cougars in Crosby starts shortly before 7 tonight.

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FUNERALS: Thomas J. Sims, 87, of Devers, Services at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. ** Ruby Scott Benton, 89, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 7,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.86 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 54, THURSDAY, MAR 20. 2003-

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DPS Trooper Brian Nichols said an attempt to stop Matthew Whitemire, 33, of Liberty Tuesday night to let him know his license plate light was out, led to a high-speed chase covering some 50 or more miles. Whitmire is reported to have attempted to run over Hull-Daisetta Police Officer Mike Parrish in the course of the pursuit that ended when the suspect abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot into the woods in Batson. He was captured early Wednesday morning after being hunted down by two tracking dogs from the Hightower Prison Unit. The Liberty man is jailed now on three charges with more to come.

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The final day to file for Liberty City Council saw two additional candidates enter the running for three at-large council positions. Liberty businessman Bruce W. Karbowski and insurance agent John Meche bring the number of candidates to five, ensuring a contested election on May 3rd. Incumbents Dennis Beasley and J.C. Burnham, as well as first-time candidate Charles McGuire round out the list of candidates for Liberty City Council.

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Liberty School Trustees met Tuesday night and voted 6 to 1 to extend the current contract of Head Coach and Athletic Director Jeff Stewart by one year. The lone “no” vote came from Board President Dr. Allen Griffin who said he had no problem with Stewart as head football coach, but felt a change may be needed in the job of athletic director. Coach Stewart’s contract is now extended through the 2003-2004 school year.

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The Liberty Lions Club Annual Jubilee Fish Fry is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow in Sam Houston Plaza at the corner of Main and Sam Houston in Liberty. Tickets are $7 each and are available in advance at the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce on Trinity Street. The fireworks display and the Jubilee Street Dance follow the fish fry tomorrow night as the 18th Annual Liberty Jubilee gets underway.

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FUNERALS: Martha Mae Blake LeBlanc Harding, 86, of Winnie, Graveside service at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Fairview Cemetery in Winnie. ** Charlie Hanks, 69, of Liberty, Services at 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Valley Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty. ** John Freeman, Sr., 78, of Raywood, Services at noon Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood.

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.07 ASL* *

 

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 53, WEDNESDAY, MAR 19. 2003-

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Yesterday’s severe weather brought high winds that demolished the doublewide manufactured home of Lawrence Huelsebusch in Liberty’s Layl Subdivision. Mr. Huelsebusch was in Houston and his wife, Jo, had just left the residence when winds toppled a nearly eighty-foot tree that crashed through the roof of the couple’s home for the past 30 years. Mr. Huelsebusch said the master bedroom and living room were completely destroyed, with many personal belongings crushed by the fallen tree.

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The filing period for school board and city council candidates ends today and, to date there are five candidates in the running for two open seats on the Dayton City Council. The latest filing is by 37-year-old Jason Smith, a contractor who resides in the area of Hwy 90 only recently annexed by the city. Incumbent Heywood “Frosty” Pruitt is seeking re-election while Bill Gay, Barbara Zaruba and Anthony Boring are running for a first term on the Dayton City Council. Dayton Mayor Larry Harris remains, so far at least, unopposed for re-election.

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The Dayton Chamber of Commerce has named longtime community leader Lester Ray Wisegerber as the organization’s full-time president. DCDC Director Sue Priddy has acted as head of the Dayton Chamber until a permanent replacement for the departed Rick Sparks could be selected.

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The Liberty Panthers take on the Cold Spring Trojans at 7 p.m. tomorrow night at the Liberty Municipal Park. The game was rescheduled due to wet weather on Tuesday, and All Nine Sports will broadcast it live beginning shortly before the first pitch.

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Advance tickets are still available for the Liberty Jubilee Street Dance Friday in downtown Liberty from 8 p.m. to midnight. Sponsored by the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, the music will be provided by “Southern Breeze” and tickets are on sale for $6 each at the Chamber Office, at BJ Ford and at Thrif-tee Food Center. Tickets at the gate will be $8.

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FUNERALS: Raymond G. Taylor, 64, of Lumberton, Graveside service at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Gooch Cemetery in Mason, TX. * Michael Lloyd Wallen, 86, of Dayton, Graveside services at 1 p.m. today at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton. *

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 12.27 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 52, TUESDAY, MAR 18. 2003-

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A third candidate has filed to run for Liberty City Council on May 3rd. 52-year-old Charles McGuire, owner of Tarver Abstract in Liberty has done the paperwork to be placed on the ballot. There are now three candidates for three open council positions. J.C. Burnham and Dennis Beasley are seeking re-election, while Bruce Wright decided not to. The deadline for candidate filing is the close-of-business tomorrow.

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Liberty Police report that Jerry Benjamin Johnson, 55, missing since March 9th has been found. Liberty Detective Sgt. Hugh Bishop said the Liberty man has been hospitalized on doctor’s advice since he was last seen, but failed to notify any family members of his whereabouts. Sgt. Bishop could not release information on the Houston hospital that Jerry B. Johnson has checked himself into due to patient confidentiality rules, but said Mr. Johnson who suffers from a severe mental condition is well.

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Information from Liberty Police indicates 20-year-old Brian Keith Toney of Liberty was arrested last Friday on two charges of Burglary of a Motor Vehicle in connection to a recent series of such burglaries in the South Liberty Oilfield. Toney has been subsequently released on $2,000 bond. Liberty Police say they expect to make at least one more arrest soon in this case and feel more information on car burglaries in the city will come from it.

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All Nine Sports begins our season of live high school baseball coverage tonight as the Liberty Panthers face the Coldspring Trojans at the Liberty Municipal Park. Our broadcast begins just before the first pitch at 7 p.m. Up next is the Dayton Broncos against the Cougars in Crosby this Friday night, also with a 7 p.m. start time. As in seasons past, KSHN will air a total of 7 Liberty and Dayton baseball games each.

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One story reported on yesterday’s Shine All Nine Radiogram requires a correction. Position #6 Dayton School Trustee Larry Wadzek is facing opposition on May 3rd from Brian “Hootie” Robbins. We regret the error.

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FUNERAL: Julia Helena Carpenter Green Cowan, 79, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 18.12 ASL* *

 

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 51, MONDAY, MAR 17. 2003-

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District Attorney Mike Little said the grand jury’s investigation into the Janet Harrelson case is finished and no further charges are expected against anyone, including the two court bailiffs reported to have transported Ms. Harrelson’s son from Beaumont to the Liberty County Jail. John Davis and Odell McDuffie were suspended with pay pending investigation into their actions in that prisoner transport that has led to indictments on charges including forgery and abuse of office against the Liberty County Treasurer. Both men have since returned to duty, though not as court bailiffs following that investigation.

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The citywide power outage in Liberty that was postponed from last month due to bad weather has been rescheduled for this coming Sunday March 23rd. A contractor for the Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency will be making necessary repairs to a substation switch and the electricity is expected to be off from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. this coming Sunday.

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Liberty Police are searching for Jerry B. Johnson, 55, missing since Sunday February 9th. Mr. Johnson is being treated for a mental condition and requires medication. He is described as 5’ 11”, weighs 150 to 200 lbs., shaved head with a salt and pepper mustache and goatee. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a light-colored T-shirt and may be driving a silver-colored 2002 Ford Escort coupe, license T73MVT. Family members urge anyone with information to call Liberty Police at 936-336-5666.

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The total number of candidates running for Dayton School Board has increased by one with the filing of 29-year-old Gerald Sackett, a former school district maintenance employee for Position #5 on the board. Position #5 Incumbent Gerald Kolarik is running again, while Position #7 Incumbent Ken Speck is not. Candidates vying for that spot are Jim Smesny and Jay Knight. So far, Position #6 Incumbent Larry Wadzek has no opposition.

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FUNERALS: John L. Freeman, 78, of Raywood, Services pending at Wells Mortuary in Liberty. ** Willie Mae Rawlinson, 77, of Daisetta, Services held Sunday. ** Emil Gansky, 78, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. today at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Eastgate. ** Carmel Moore Little, 77, of Dayton, Services held Sunday. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 22.07 ASL* *

 

 

VOLUME 18 NO. 50, FRIDAY, MAR 14. 2003-

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District Attorney Mike Little said a grand jury has indicted Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson on four criminal charges relating to allegations of abuse of office. Ms. Harrelson has been removed from office with pay pending results of a civil action also alleging the treasurer used her office to procure special treatment for her son, who is a convicted felon. The criminal charges are two counts of Tampering with Governmental Records and one count each of Abuse of Official Capacity and Forgery. The County Treasurer reportedly turned herself in to authorities yesterday afternoon, and is now free in lieu of a bond totaling $11,500.

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DPS Trooper Ryan Foley said Natalie Smith, 24, of Dayton was northbound on FM 1409 near the Liberty/Chambers County Line yesterday when she lost control of her vehicle and crossed into the path of Misty Dudley, 25. The collision sent the drivers and a passenger, Shawn Smith, 29, to San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown with injuries described as non-life threatening.

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The Liberty County Courthouse has been named to the National Registry of Historic Places, a list of historic national landmarks maintained by the U.S. Park Service. Information from County Judge Lloyd Kirkham indicates the designation should increase the county’s chances of receiving grant funds to restore the courthouse. Only those sites deemed significant to America’s history and that meet other requirements qualify for the listing.

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The Liberty Jubilee Street Dance is only one week away on Friday March 21st and tickets are on sale now. Sponsored by the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, this year’s dance starts at 8 p.m. on Travis Street and features the music of “Southern Breeze”. Advance tickets are $6 at the Chamber Office on Trinity St., at BJ Ford on Hwy 90 and at Thrif-tee Food Center in Dayton. Tickets are $8 at the gate Friday night.

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FUNERAL: Willie Mae Robinson, 77, of Daisetta, Services on Sunday at the United Pentecostal Church in Daisetta. Service time still pending. ** Dallas H. Fullerton, 88, of Colorado, Services at 4 p.m. Thursday March 20th at 1st Baptist Church in Anahuac** Lawrence Hughes, 19, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Wilderness Church in Liberty.

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.07 ASL* *

 

VOLUME 18 NO. 49, THURSDAY, MAR 13. 2003-

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District Attorney Mike Little said the Liberty County Grand Jury has finished their investigation into allegations of misconduct by County Treasurer Janet Harrelson, but declined to say more, other than it is possible a decision on whether or not to file criminal charges could be made public today. We have reported accusations that Ms. Harrelson used her office to obtain special treatment for her son, a convicted felon, led to her removal as treasurer pending the outcome of a civil suit filed in the 253rd District Court. Ms. Harrelson has denied any wrongdoing.

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Liberty Police said Lawrence Hughes, 19, succumbed to injuries sustained when he was hit by a truck while riding a bike across Hwy 90 Monday night and was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after 6 p.m. Tuesday. Police report the truck driver Ivan Ray Clegg of Dayton had been unable to avoid hitting the young Liberty man.

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Chambers County and the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department have been hit with still another lawsuit connected to the fallout from indictments against former deputies in the Vernon Coates case. You may recall that three sheriff’s deputies face criminal charges for falsifying evidence against the Anahuac man and now Coates’ brother, Steven and Helen Spencer are alleging civil rights violations by sheriff’s deputies during their March 2001 arrest of Vernon Coates at a relative’s home. Unspecified damages are being sought in the lawsuit.

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All Nine News joins news media across the nation in saluting the men and women of our military and request family members to share general information about them to be featured on our daily newscasts. Send each service man or woman’s name, branch of service, rank, age, high school and/or college, their parents or spouse’s names, children, military job and general location of service to “Troop Salute” c/o KSHN Radio, 2099 Sam Houston, Liberty, TX, 77575. You can fax the information to 936-336-5250 or e-mail kshn@kshn.com.

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FUNERALS: Patsy N. Johnson, 58, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Nelda Jo Williams Hood, 70, formerly of Liberty, Services held yesterday. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.03 ASL* *

 

 

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 48, WEDNESDAY, MAR 12. 2003-

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DPS Trooper Scott Folmar said 62-year-old Maria Lucia Herbert of Liberty was southbound on FM 563 south of Hwy 90 yesterday afternoon when a dump truck owned by Smart Materials of Liberty pulled into the path of her vehicle. Ms. Herbert reportedly suffered severe head injuries in the collision and was pronounced dead at the accident scene by Justice of the Peace Bobby Rader who has ordered that an autopsy be performed. The driver of the dump truck, 45-year-old Richard Mills, of Dayton was not injured in the wreck.

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According to information from Liberty Police Chief Bill Griffin, the condition of a 19-year-old Liberty man airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital Monday night remains critical. Police report Lawrence Hughes was attempting to cross Hwy 90 from Virginia Street when he was struck by an eastbound pickup truck driven by 43-year-old Ivan Ray Clegg of Dayton who said the cyclist rode into his path. Lawrence Hughes has been on life support at the Houston hospital since yesterday morning.

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Monday night the Dayton City Council heard a report from City Manager Robert Ewart recommending the Liberty County YMCA be allowed to use the Dayton City Pool during weekday mornings and evenings during May and September to conduct swimming lessons. YMCA Director Jenna Christiansen had made the request on March 3rd but some council members had been concerned that evening classes might conflict with private party pool rentals. Mr. Ewart recommended leaving evenings in the summer months open for private rentals.

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The Annual Relay for Life benefiting the Liberty County Chapter of the American Cancer Society is Friday and Saturday April 4th and 5th at Liberty’s Memorial Stadium. A new addition to this year’s event is a silent auction to be held prior to the relay with participants bidding on merchandise that includes home décor items and sporting equipment. To donate items for the silent auction, call 936-336-3945 or 336-5436.

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FUNERALS: Linda Oates Bode, 58, of Dayton, Services at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Frank Matthews, 86, of Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church in Dayton. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.03 ASL* *

 

 

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 47, TUESDAY, MAR 11. 2003-

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District Attorney Mike Little said 33-year-old Glenda Morrow has pled guilty to charges of Criminally Negligent Homicide and Child Endangerment in connection to the death of her eight-month-old daughter in a house fire in January 2002. Investigators determined the cause of that fire in a manufactured home west of Dayton was the careless use of smoking materials. Glenda Morrow and two other children escaped without injury, but Courtney Lynn Morrow was killed. 75th District Judge “Rusty” Hight sentenced the woman to 2 years behind bars and a $1,000 fine for each felony charge.

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The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office has released the first of an annual report outlining the department’s compliance with the new legislation on racial profiling. Under state law, a peace officer cannot initiate a traffic stop based solely on an occupant’s race, gender or ethnicity. All police agencies are required to collect and maintain data on traffic stops to ensure no such practices are occurring. Sheriff Greg Arthur said he wants the public to be aware that procedures are in place to file complaints of racial profiling, though during his two years in office, no such complaints have yet been received.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is set for Wednesday March 19th at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. This month’s luncheon features representatives from the Bay Area Women’s Center who will discuss issues involving domestic violence and abuse. Lunch is brisket and sausage from Pappy’s Barbecue for $6 a plate. For reservations, call the Liberty-Dayton Chamber at 336-5736.

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The deadline for entries in the 2003 Liberty Jubilee Photo Contest is this Friday at 11 a.m. Amateur photographers are invited to enter in categories that include landscape, people, nature, digital imagery and miscellaneous. The fee is $3 per entry and all photos must be matted. The contest will be during the Liberty Jubilee on Friday and Saturday March 21st and 22nd.

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FUNERALS: Ebbie Reed, 84, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Donald Ray Batson, 61, of Dayton, Service time correction: Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 24,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 24.45 ASL* *

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