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May 2003

-VOLUME 18 NO. 103, FRIDAY MAY 30TH, 2003-

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Commencement ceremonies for Dayton High School’s 2003 Graduating Class are tomorrow night at 7 at Bronco Stadium. There are total 255 students in the DHS graduating class and 49 of those are graduating with honors. The 2003 Dayton Valedictorian is Brianne Janacek and the Dayton Salutatorian is Christina Allen. Other students among the top ten Dayton graduating seniors are Lauren Pitre, Kali Kramer, Ashly Howard, Jeremy Abshire, Jacqueline Harrington, Tara Dugat, Courtney Guthrie and Stephanie Tracy. Liberty High School’s graduation ceremonies are at 8 tonight at the TVE and Hardin Graduation is tomorrow night at 8, also at the TVE.

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According to information from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, two juveniles have been arrested in connection with numerous burglaries in the area off FM 1409 in Dayton. It is believed a group of teenagers have been going door-to-door under the pretense of looking for summer jobs and apparently breaking into and burglarizing homes that are unoccupied. Reportedly most of the break-ins occurred in the Northpark and Woodway Subdivisions in the past few weeks.

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The District 22-3A Baseball Coaches have made their All-District selections and Liberty Panthers picked for the 1st Team are First Baseman Steven Havard, Outfielder Eric Moss and Utility Player Brent Mullinix. Liberty Sophomore Shane Smart was named Newcomer of the Year. District 22-3A Most Valuable Player is Barbers Hill Eagle James Northcutt

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Facilities Manager James Bricker said work began Wednesday to perform a major facelift on the Trinity Valley Exposition Hall. The $13,000 restoration project replaces old corrugated tin siding with a new metal exterior, painted white with blue trim added to match the recently built concession stands.

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Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Kimmie Brown Intermediate School will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. on FM 1409 at Brown Road in Dayton. Superintendent Nancy Fuller said the Dayton ISD’s new 5th and 6th grade campus is expected to open with roughly 1,000 students in the fall of 2004. The school is named for Kimmie Brown, a 47-year veteran educator with the DISD and the mother of County Commissioner Norman Brown.

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.59 ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 102, THURSDAY MAY 29TH, 2003-

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DPS Trooper Nathan Pierce said 79-year-old Wallace Whittaker slammed into the back of a 15-foot mowing machine being towed by a farm tractor Tuesday on FM 787 west of 2518. The mower blades reportedly blew out the tires of the Cleveland man’s pick up truck and it flipped over several times. Wallace Whittaker, who according to Trooper Pierce was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The tractor driver, Donald L. Olson, 46, of Hankamer was not injured.

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Liberty County Commissioners voted Tuesday to an increase the cost of septic system permits that doubles the price from the current $100 to $200. Precinct #4 Commissioner Norman Brown said the huge price hike is due to a new Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulation that requires each proposed septic system site to be evaluated by an engineering firm. The cost of those evaluations can run as high as $90 per system. The new septic system permit cost goes into effect on June 1st.

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Commencement ceremonies for the Hardin High School Class of 2003 are Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Trinity Valley Exposition on FM 563 in Liberty. Class Valedictorian is Beau Broussard and Salutatorian is Gloria Gonzalez. The remaining top ten graduating Hardin seniors are Paul Hines, Jacob Mullins, Nicholas Ibarra, Dawn Hearn, Ciara Tanner, Jessica Eubanks, Elias Amador and Apryl Chessher.

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The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge Annual Free Fishing Day Celebration is on Saturday June 7th. This is the only day of the year when anyone can fish or crab without a license. The event includes hands-on demonstrations and activities that include fish identification, fish printing, salt water fishing, introductory fishing, target casting, crabbing techniques and more. For more information on Free Fishing Day call the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge at 409-267-3337.

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FUNERALS: B.M. “Tad” LaFour, 97, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty. ** Eddie “Buddy” McCowan, 100, of Liberty, Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Liberty. ** Alton David Rhodes, 29, of Hull, Services at 3 p.m. today at Hull-Daisetta High School. **

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.59 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 101, WEDNESDAY MAY 28TH, 2003-

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All Nine News has learned from family members of David Taylor that we reported details of Sunday night’s head-on collision on FM 160 in error. DPS Trooper Brian Nichols said it was in fact 43-year-old Joseph Curette of Raywood who crossed in front of the oncoming vehicle driven by David Taylor, 29, of Daisetta. Joseph Curette was arrested on suspicion of DWI. David Taylor and a 17-year-old passenger, Carrol Smith Jr. of Liberty went to the hospital by air ambulance. The Liberty teen is still reported in critical condition. Trooper Nichols said Curette admitted it was he who crossed the highway centerlines. We regret the error in our previous report.

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A fire that destroyed an unoccupied house on Hwy 160 in Ames Monday night spread to the home next door owned by Paul Stelly. A passerby saw the abandoned structure burning and notified Mr. Stelly, who attempted to fight the blaze with a garden hose. Firefighters from Ames, Hull-Daisetta, Hardin and Raywood Volunteer Departments drove flames away from the Stelly House and damage was limited to windows and some roof trim. The unoccupied house was completely destroyed. Mr. Stelly and Firefighter Michael Fregia suffered minor burns.

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The Dayton City Council has scheduled a workshop to discuss current and proposed subdivision and development ordinances for this coming Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Dayton High School Cafeteria. City Planner Brian LaBorde said this session is intended as an overview of proposed changes in subdivisions, landscaping, lot design, drainage, water, streets and paving, etc. Future workshops will focus on individual ordinances. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 257-0055, 258-2642 or e-mail brianlaborde2@hotmail.com.

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Liberty Rotary Club Scholarships varying from $250 to $1,000 were awarded to 12 Liberty High School Seniors. Miller Elliott, Timothy Takach, John Arnold, Mark Little, Stephanie Jennings, Julie Crane, Katy Wright, Molly Smathers, Elizabeth Jordan, Rachel Berry, Natalie Richert and Abby Turner receive a total $9,500 to help them with college expenses.

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FUNERAL: Tim Lee Echols, 46, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.56 ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 100, TUESDAY MAY 27TH, 2003-

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DPS Trooper Brian Nichols said 29-year-old David Taylor of Daisetta was westbound on FM 160 near the Liberty Airport Sunday night and crossed over into oncoming traffic, colliding with a pick up truck driven by Joseph Curette, 43, of Raywood head-on. Taylor was airlifted to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont and a passenger, Carrol Smith Jr., 17 was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. A family member reports that the Liberty teen is listed in critical condition. Trooper Nichols said it is possible both drivers had been drinking alcohol and Joseph Curette, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested for suspicion of DWI.

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The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has awarded a total $100,000 to ten students from Liberty and Chambers Counties this year. The scholarship awards go to Lindsey Gail Standley from Anahuac High School. Kimberly Ray Nelson from Barbers Hill High and Kelsea Faithe Kiker of East Chambers High. Also Seth Foster Gallion of Cleveland High School, Courtney Nicole Guthrie of Dayton High, Elizabeth Michelle Wallace of Hull-Daisetta High, Ana Alicia Warner of Liberty High, Mathew Quinton Brackett of Tarkington High School and from Hardin High School, both Steven Beau Broussard and Dawn Christine Hearn. Each senior will receive $10,000 over four years.

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Liberty County Sheriff’s Department Captain Don Shauberger said he is retiring after 40 years in law enforcement. The veteran peace officer has worked for several local police agencies and served as Chief Deputy at both the Liberty and Chambers County Sheriff’s Offices. Mr. Shauberger’s last day is May 31st.

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The Liberty County Health Awareness Coalition will sponsor a Child Safety Seat Check Up on Saturday June 7th in the Liberty Wal-mart parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. Certified Safety Technicians will be on hand to tell parents if their child’s car seat is fitted correctly, being used properly or has been recalled for safety reasons. For more information, call 936-334-9750.

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FUNERALS: Sedonia Bernadette Berotte, 80, of Houston, Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Houston. ** Lemuel J. Williams, 84, of Groves, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.56 ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 99, FRIDAY MAY 23RD, 2003-

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A bill introduced by State Senator John Whitmire would make it against the law for school districts to hold classes on Memorial Day as the Dayton ISD is planning to do this coming Monday. The Houston Democrat’s legislation has already cleared the Senate and the Texas House is also expected to approve it. Classes are being held in Dayton to make up a day missed earlier in the school year due to severe weather and Superintendent Nancy Fuller said the district has long planned to use this opportunity to teach students about this important holiday. The school district will hold two separate Memorial Day celebrations Monday to pay tribute to fallen U.S. military personnel.

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According to Assistant City Manager Mike Ramirez, construction is progressing on a new, lighted entry sign for the City of Liberty located near the old trestle bridge on Hwy 90. Ramirez, who is acting as contractor on the $12,000 project, said the sign is white limestone and will identify Liberty as being established in 1831. Most of the delay in getting the job underway came from the long process of getting legal access to state owned land to give the sign the greatest visibility.

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Dayton School Trustees are expected to make a decision at their June meeting about renaming the Woodrow Wilson Jr. High and Stephen F. Austin Elementary Schools. The reason for the change is to honor local residents as do E. R. Richter, Fredda Nottingham and Colbert Elementary Schools. The district’s new 5th and 6th grade campus will be named of another local resident Kimmie M. Brown. The board is expected to make a decision in time for the new names to be printed on school stationary, student manuals, t-shirts and other materials.

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The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty and Dayton will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Garbage service will not run Monday in either Liberty or Dayton. Trash pick up will resume on the next scheduled service day. All banks and post offices will also be closed.

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FUNERALS: Grady Davis, 64, of Crosby, Services at 2 p.m. Sunday at Crosby United Methodist Church. ** Charles William Lantz, 78, of Shepherd, Graveside services at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Mitchell, Louisiana. **

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.52 ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 98, THURSDAY MAY 22ND, 2003-

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Assistant District Attorney Michael Mark said a visiting judge from Beaumont returned custody of six of Catherine Kegg’s seven children to her earlier this week after the Liberty County woman’s parole for physically abusing the seventh child. Court records indicate Mrs. Kegg was sentenced to two years in jail in June 2002 after being convicted of beating her 13-year-old son with a 40” wooden board. The boy’s father, Kendall Lee Kegg remains behind bars for his part in the beating and other unrelated felony charges. The teen that was physically abused by his parents remains in foster care.

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At Tuesday night’s Liberty School Board meeting, newly elected trustees Matt Harris and Brent Hylton were brought up to speed on the district’s new school construction projects. The board also said farewell to departing Superintendent Dr. Douglas Moore who attended his final Liberty School Board meeting.

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The case of 46-year-old Rose Mary Cherry, jailed without bond in the beating death of her 4-year-old granddaughter, Destiny Moore last week in Killeen has local ties. The child’s father, John Bankhead is a Liberty resident and the grandmother who allegedly caused her death by beating her with both a belt and an extension court is reportedly a former Dayton resident. The little girl and her three siblings were staying in the U.S. Army Housing Facility at Ft. Hood while their mother, Specialist Tammy Moore was deployed with her unit in the Middle East.

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Students at the Devers School got a special “thank you” from the U.S. Army yesterday morning by way of a Blackhawk Helicopter that landed at the school to deliver a certificate of appreciation to Principal Larry Wadzeck. The pilots were representing the 7th Squadron 6th Calvary Regiment stationed in Conroe and their visit was to thank Devers School faculty and students for Christmas cards sent to service personnel in Iraq.

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FUNERALS: Harmon Mayes, 61, of Hankamer, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mary’s Baptist Church in Hankamer. ** Destiny Moore Bankhead, age 4, of Killeen, Graveside services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wells Memorial Cemetery in Liberty. ** Herman H. Kaderli, Jr., 87, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.53 ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 97, WEDNESDAY MAY 21ST, 2003-

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Liberty Police Officer James Smith said 41-year-old Scott Whittington of Dayton was westbound in a Time-Warner Cable Truck on Hwy 90 in front of Terrell’s Auto Parts yesterday when he became distracted and slammed into the back of a second truck, contracted to the Texas Department of Transportation. Whittington’s truck left the roadway and rolled over onto its side. Scott Whittington and the other driver, Darrell Celestine, 37, of Beaumont were taken to Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital. Their injuries were not thought life threatening.

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At Monday night’s Dayton City Council meeting, Larry Harris was given the oath of office to begin a new term as Dayton Mayor. City Attorney Neal Iverson also swore in new council member Barbara Zaruba and re-elected council member “Frosty” Pruitt, who was named Mayor Pro-Tem.

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The 4th Annual Entergy “Beat the Heat” free fan distribution begins on May 29th and continues through June 6th to help low-come families and the elderly to cool their homes during the hottest months of the year. Fans will be given on a first-come first-serve basis to those who qualify and according to Liberty County Indigent Health Care Director Donna Burt, there are only 120 fans available, those who need them should make an appointment now to see if they qualify. Call 936-258-0801 in the Liberty-Dayton Area or 281-593-8428 in the Cleveland Area.

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Spaces are still available for the Liberty County YMCA’s Swimming Lessons to begin in June and continue through the summer. Cost is $33 per person and classes are available in Liberty and Dayton for those age 6 months and up. To register, call the YMCA Office at 257-2888.

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FUNERALS: Clayton L. Noel, 86, of Dayton, Memorial Service at 5 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. ** William Ray Morris, 58, of Houston, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton. ** Herbert Donald Eitel, 87, of Anahuac, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home, Anahuac. ** William Louis Marsh, 78, of Anahuac, Services at 10 a.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home, Anahuac. ** Mable Mae Herndon, 88, of Cleveland, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland.

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.57 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 94, FRIDAY MAY 16th, 2003-

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The winners of this year’s TVE Scholarships have been announced. Five Liberty and Chambers County seniors have been awarded $4,000 each. Jenna Baldwin of Anahuac, Lindsey Hill and Jennifer Rexroad, both of Cleveland, Jennifer Stafford of Hardin and Corena Williams of Dayton. Additionally five other seniors will receive $2,000 each. Apryl Chessher from Hardin, William Bunyard from Tarkington, Cody Joins from Liberty, Kevin Sheffield from Dayton and Kimberly Ann Schweinle from Anahuac. This year, winners were awarded a total of $30,000 in scholarships from the TVE.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is this coming Wednesday at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. This month’s guest speaker is Bob Walcutt, Executive Director of the Laura Recovery Center for missing children in Friendswood, who will discuss abduction prevention programs and the current efforts to create a recovery center for missing children in this area. Lunch is chicken and beef fajitas catered by Los Compadres Mexican Restaurant for $6 per person. For reservations, call the Chamber Office at 336-5736.

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Long planned renovations to the Liberty County Courthouse have begun. After lengthy negotiations with County Commissioners, Southcoast Construction has begun work to clean and seal the outer walls of the building while contractors from PRC Environmental of Houston have been removing mold-contaminated wood and sheet rock from the third floor. The area has been sealed off to prevent mold spores from spreading to other parts of the courthouse. Southcoast Construction Superintendent Bill Saddler said the work on the $1.7 million project is expected to continue through November.

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The 22nd Annual Hull-Daisetta Mayhaw Festival continues tomorrow in downtown Daisetta with arts and crafts, food, live entertainment, the horseshoe and washer pitching contests and the Kiddie Trail Ride at 8 a.m. at the Brett Ranch on old FM 834. The Mayhaw Festival Parade starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow, the carnival opens at 11 a.m. with $15 unlimited ride armbands and the Street Dance with Carl Manchaca is from 8 p.m. to midnight. All festival proceeds benefit scholarships for local seniors. For more information, call 936-336-6202.

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.94 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 93, THURSDAY MAY 15th, 2003-

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According to police reports, a tanker truck carrying liquid nitrogen was northbound on Hwy 146 in Dayton around 3:30 yesterday morning when the driver, 31-year-old Daniel Hoover of Humble apparently fell asleep. The truck left the roadway and overturned, coming to rest upside down. Daniel Hoover was air lifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, said to be in good condition. None of the damaged truck’s load of liquid nitrogen had leaked. The accident remains under investigation.

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The deadline to submit new legislation for consideration in the Texas House of Representatives arrives at midnight tonight and the absence of more than 50 Democratic Representatives who remain in Oklahoma is expected to kill a congressional redistricting plan proposed by the Republican House Majority. The audacious legislative boycott by Liberty County’s Representative Dan Ellis and his colleagues has drawn lots of praise and equal amounts of criticism. One point Mr. Ellis has made clear is that he is paying for his stay in Ardmore himself and his legislative pay will be deducted while he is gone.

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The Liberty City Council met Tuesday night and approved a proposal that would bring the city’s police and fire department into an emergency phone notification system knows as “First Call”. Chief Jamie Galloway said the system would be used in times of general evacuation as a way of notifying the public of an emergency situation by telephone. Officials in Dayton and Cleveland are reportedly interested in joining the system and the three cities and Liberty County could form a partnership and divide the total cost of $11,500 per year between them.

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The Professional Bull Riding’s “Humps and Horns” Tour performance is Saturday night at 8 in the TVE Arena. Advance tickets are $12.00 for adults, $7 for kids under 12. They are available at Baskins, 1st Liberty National Bank and BJ Ford in Liberty also at Sam’s Western Wear in Beaumont and Lying Larry’s in Crosby. You can also get tickets at the TVE Fairgrounds on FM 563. Tickets at the gate Saturday night are $15 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under.

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FUNERAL: Delphine Chance Berry, 82,of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.23 ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 92, WEDNESDAY MAY 14th, 2003-

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Liberty County’s State Representative Dan Ellis and more than 50 other renegade Democratic lawmakers remain gathered at a motel in Ardmore, Oklahoma with no intention to return to Austin until the deadline passes for new legislation to be introduced in the Texas House at midnight tomorrow. The missing legislators were located late Monday, but cannot be picked by authorities and forced to return to the Capitol as long as they remain outside the state. The walkout was staged to prevent passage by the House Republican majority of a new congressional redistricting plan that Mr. Ellis said would give big cities too much control over the fate of rural communities.

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Liberty Police Officer Kenneth Taylor said 52-year-old Judy Hickman of Hardin was northbound on the Hwy 146 Bypass Monday night when Thomas Ray Gant Jr. of Ames crossed into her vehicle’s path from Beaumont Avenue. Rescue personnel used extrication devices to free Gant from his heavily-damaged vehicle and both he and a passenger, Chanel Stephenson were taken to Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.

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The Hardin Hornets’ Head Football Coach Jack Parker has announced he is leaving to take the job of Head Football Coach and Athletic Director in the Tarkington ISD. Parker led the small Class 3-A school to winning seasons 3 of his 4 years at Hardin and under his leadership the Hornets accumulated a 24-19 record and 3 post-season appearances in a row against tough opponents.

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The 50th Annual Magnolia Ridge Country Club Invitational Golf Tournament starts is the weekend starting tomorrow night with the popular shrimp at 6 p.m. Activities continue on through Sunday with eight flights of golf on what has been described as one the best 9-hole courses in Texas. Sponsorship badges entitling the wearer to all four days of food, beverages and fun are available for $55 each. Call 936-336-9651 or stop in at Magnolia Ridge Country Club in Liberty.

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FUNERALS: Sabrina Melton, 26, of Tarkington Prairie, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dayton. ** Lena Harris, 94, of Hardin, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.67 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 93, THURSDAY MAY 15th, 2003-

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According to police reports, a tanker truck carrying liquid nitrogen was northbound on Hwy 146 in Dayton around 3:30 yesterday morning when the driver, 31-year-old Daniel Hoover of Humble apparently fell asleep. The truck left the roadway and overturned, coming to rest upside down. Daniel Hoover was air lifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, said to be in good condition. None of the damaged truck’s load of liquid nitrogen had leaked. The accident remains under investigation.

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The deadline to submit new legislation for consideration in the Texas House of Representatives arrives at midnight tonight and the absence of more than 50 Democratic Representatives who remain in Oklahoma is expected to kill a congressional redistricting plan proposed by the Republican House Majority. The audacious legislative boycott by Liberty County’s Representative Dan Ellis and his colleagues has drawn lots of praise and equal amounts of criticism. One point Mr. Ellis has made clear is that he is paying for his stay in Ardmore himself and his legislative pay will be deducted while he is gone.

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The Liberty City Council met Tuesday night and approved a proposal that would bring the city’s police and fire department into an emergency phone notification system knows as “First Call”. Chief Jamie Galloway said the system would be used in times of general evacuation as a way of notifying the public of an emergency situation by telephone. Officials in Dayton and Cleveland are reportedly interested in joining the system and the three cities and Liberty County could form a partnership and divide the total cost of $11,500 per year between them.

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The Professional Bull Riding’s “Humps and Horns” Tour performance is Saturday night at 8 in the TVE Arena. Advance tickets are $12.00 for adults, $7 for kids under 12. They are available at Baskins, 1st Liberty National Bank and BJ Ford in Liberty also at Sam’s Western Wear in Beaumont and Lying Larry’s in Crosby. You can also get tickets at the TVE Fairgrounds on FM 563. Tickets at the gate Saturday night are $15 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under.

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FUNERAL: Delphine Chance Berry, 82,of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.23 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 94, FRIDAY MAY 16th, 2003-

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The winners of this year’s TVE Scholarships have been announced. Five Liberty and Chambers County seniors have been awarded $4,000 each. Jenna Baldwin of Anahuac, Lindsey Hill and Jennifer Rexroad, both of Cleveland, Jennifer Stafford of Hardin and Corena Williams of Dayton. Additionally five other seniors will receive $2,000 each. Apryl Chessher from Hardin, William Bunyard from Tarkington, Cody Joins from Liberty, Kevin Sheffield from Dayton and Kimberly Ann Schweinle from Anahuac. This year, winners were awarded a total of $30,000 in scholarships from the TVE.

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The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon is this coming Wednesday at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. This month’s guest speaker is Bob Walcutt, Executive Director of the Laura Recovery Center for missing children in Friendswood, who will discuss abduction prevention programs and the current efforts to create a recovery center for missing children in this area. Lunch is chicken and beef fajitas catered by Los Compadres Mexican Restaurant for $6 per person. For reservations, call the Chamber Office at 336-5736.

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Long planned renovations to the Liberty County Courthouse have begun. After lengthy negotiations with County Commissioners, Southcoast Construction has begun work to clean and seal the outer walls of the building while contractors from PRC Environmental of Houston have been removing mold-contaminated wood and sheet rock from the third floor. The area has been sealed off to prevent mold spores from spreading to other parts of the courthouse. Southcoast Construction Superintendent Bill Saddler said the work on the $1.7 million project is expected to continue through November.

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The 22nd Annual Hull-Daisetta Mayhaw Festival continues tomorrow in downtown Daisetta with arts and crafts, food, live entertainment, the horseshoe and washer pitching contests and the Kiddie Trail Ride at 8 a.m. at the Brett Ranch on old FM 834. The Mayhaw Festival Parade starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow, the carnival opens at 11 a.m. with $15 unlimited ride armbands and the Street Dance with Carl Manchaca is from 8 p.m. to midnight. All festival proceeds benefit scholarships for local seniors. For more information, call 936-336-6202.

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.94 ASL* *

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 96, TUESDAY MAY 20th, 2003-

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Liberty Police Officer Matt Custer said a Dodge pick up truck reported stolen from Bowie Street in Liberty yesterday morning was tracked to the Travis Park Subdivision. A wrecker driver who spotted the truck managed to block the subdivision entrance at which point the driver left the truck on foot before being arrested a short time later. Police said the suspect is actually the same 14-year-old male juvenile that allegedly stole a truck in Liberty almost a month ago, leading law officers on a wild chase that ended in a Raywood area rice field. The youth is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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The Barbers Hill Eagles enter the Regional Semi-Final Round of the High School Baseball Playoffs in a best of three series against the #1 ranked Lorena Leopards. Game one is Thursday night at 7:30, game two is Friday night, also at 7:30 and if a third game is needed it will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday. The site for all of the games is A&M Consolidated High School’s Baseball Field in College Station. Admission is $4 per person. All Nine Sports will broadcast the games live starting Thursday night.

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Again this year, the Texas Department of Health is asking for the public’s help in locating evidence of the West Nile Virus by collecting the carcasses of crows, jays, hawks and this year, cardinals too who show no signs of having died of trauma. County Cooperative Extension Agent Ron Holcomb said specimens should be handled only with gloves, sealed in double plastic bags and kept on ice to preserve them for testing. So far this year, health officials report only two cases of the potentially fatal mosquito borne virus and none yet in Liberty County.

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Sterling Funeral Home and Palms Memorial Park on Hwy 146 in Dayton will host the 23rd Annual Memorial Day Salute to our nations fallen soldiers on Monday May 26th at 10:30 a.m. The event will honor those men and women who were killed in action this year and includes a memorial balloon release.

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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 Bob Walcutt of the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children. Lunch is fajitas for $6 per person. Call 336-5736 for reservations.

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.57 ASL* *

-VOLUME 18 NO. 95, MONDAY MAY 19th, 2003-

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36 year old JoAnn Lambert of Dayton was killed in a wreck Saturday morning. She was said to be traveling on FM 6512 near Kenefick when her truck left the road. Investigators say she overcorrected, then overturned. Not wearing a seat belt, she was ejected. JP #4 Glenn Pruitt pronounced JoAnn Lambert dead at the scene and then ordered an autopsy. ****************************************************

Murder in the Winwood Subdivision off FM 1010 early Saturday Morning. Jailed on a half million dollar bond Leopoldo Benites-36, is charged with the shooting death of Miguel Velez-38, ex-husband of his girl friend, Ventura Gil-41. The shooting was outside of Benites home in North LIberty Co.

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Liberty Co. Sheriff's Deputies with Chambers-Liberty County Narcotics Task Force mad four felony arrests last week. First, 34-year-old Thomas Tidwell of Kenefick was jailed on a parole violation warrant during a previous narcotics investigation. Then he was found to be on the Baytown Police Department's 10 Most Wanted List. Also arrested last week was Alton Morgan, 27, of Huffman, charged with a number of burglaries in the FM 1960 area. Then Thursday, 51 year old Bobby Stewart and his brother, Harvey Stewart 56, both of Ames, were arrested when a search warrant yielded about 14 grams of suspected "crack" cocaine along with illegal guns, a bullet proof vest, jewelry, electronic equipment and about $14,000.00 cash. Harvey Stewart had been sentenced to 6 years in prison previously on a drug charge by District Judge "Rusty" Hight, but failed to show up in court. Both men now face numerous new felonies. Harvey Stewart remains in jail. Bobby is free on bail.

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A Saturday win in the final game of their best of three series against the Lagrange Leopards puts the Barbers Hill Eagles in the Regional III Semi-Final baseball playoffs. The scores of all three games was 4-3. Up next is Lorena in another best of three series. Details will be announced today. ***************************************************

FUNERALS: Josephine E. Vyoral, 86, 10am tomorrow St. Anne's Catholic Church in Eastgate. ** David L. Caudle, 44 League City, Services 2pm today at Sterling Fun. Home in Dayton. ** Jessie Louis Stephens Hickman Cantrell, 77 of Daisetta. Services 2 today @ Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** JoAnn Lambert, 36-3pm Tuesday at Sterling-Daton.

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** LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.65 ASL* *

 

 

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