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September 2003

-VOLUME 18 NO. 187 TUESDAY SEPT. 30TH, 2003-

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Liberty Police are still attempting to determine why 48-year-old Macrino Martinez Ruiz was walking on the railroad tracks immediately west of Bowie St. yesterday morning and failed to notice the oncoming train that struck and killed him. Witnesses said the Liberty man was walking between the rails and did not seem to notice the train. Precinct #1 Justice of the Peace Bobby Rader has ordered an autopsy performed.

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The fate of suspended County Treasurer Janet Harrelson is in the hands of a Liberty County Jury. Closing arguments in Ms. Harrelson’s trial for criminal charges of forgery, abuse of official capacity and tampering with government documents concluded yesterday afternoon. In his closing, Defense Attorney Mike Turner said the suspended elected official had done much of what she was accused, but did so believing it was not illegal. DA Mike Little’s closing contradicted that assertion. Little asked for the jury’s help in showing that county officials would be held accountable for their actions. Jurors were excused around 5 p.m. yesterday and continue deliberations today.

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Dayton Police said Samuel Lee Hinton Jr., 21, of Dayton was northbound on Hwy 146 around 7:45 a.m. yesterday when he crossed over the center stripe and hit a tractor trailer rig driven by Joseph Wayne Gray, 37, of Overton. Hinton’s jeep went into a roadside ditch and the 18-wheeler jackknifed in the roadway. The truck driver was not injured, but Samuel Hinton Jr. was taken by air-ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

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Starting tomorrow, Liberty County crews will be setting new drainage culverts in the Country Club Addition on CR# 150 and CR# 1500. Those roads will be closed to all traffic except ambulances between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Access to Magnolia Ridge Country Club from the subdivision will be blocked during that time and residents who will be at home during that period will need to adjust their schedules to account for the closures.

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FUNERALS: Gerda Sims, 76, of Huffman, Services at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton** Walter Lee Taylor, 77, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in Daisetta.

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* LAKE RELEASE: 1,450 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.36 F- ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 186 MONDAY SEPT. 29TH, 2003-

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To the surprise of those in a crowded courtroom last Friday, the defense rested, in the criminal trial of suspended Liberty County Treasurer, Janet Harrelson, without the defendant taking the stand. Harrelson’s defense attorney, Mike Turner said Friday he decided, since his client’s grand jury testimony was already in evidence there was no need for her to take the witness chair. Closing arguments are expected to today. . ****************************************************

Construction of an 8,000 sq.ft. expansion of Jefferson Square Shopping Center, Main Street at Jefferson Drive in Liberty is underway. Dallas-based Dunhill Partners, who own the center, has agreement to lease part of that to be new lnew home of Movie Gallery Video Store now at 1314 N. Main., and a new finance office, Advance America Cash Center.. 3,250- sq. ft. is still available, 6,000 more square feet is open between Eckerd Drugs and Sears. Investment for the new section is $1,000,000. For information call 1-214- 373-7500.

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The Liberty Co. Health Coalition hosts their 5th annual domestic violence conference next Mon. from 7 until 9 p.m. at the 1st Baptist Church in Dayton . Those attending the free event will learn about area resources for victims of domestic violence . ****************************************************

The Liberty Panthers entered District 22-3A play Friday beating Splendora, 27 to 20. Jeff Stewart’s Panthers are now 4-0 on the season. The Dayton Broncos were off and now prep for Channelview Friday at Bronco Stadium. The Hardin Hornets lost by one to the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks, 7 to 6. In another squeaker, Hull-Daisetta lost to Danbury in overtime, 14 to 17.

****************************************************The Dayton Historical. Society will have an “October Gigantic Garage Sale” this Friday and Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. both days at the Dayton Chamber of Commerce building, at 212 Bryan St. In Dayton. Proceeds go to payoff the land note on Houston Street site of the “Old School”. .. ****************************************************

FUNERALS: Emogene Gregg, 81, of Conroe, Services held yesterday. ** Sandra Randazzo Riley, 59,of Dickinson, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Ulysse Labove, Jr., 74, of Raywood, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.72 F- ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 185 FRIDAY SEPT. 26TH, 2003-

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According to Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur, the body of 36-year-old Leslie Ledford of Tarkington was found burning in a 6-foot trash pit in the deep woods north of Kenefick off of FM 1008 Monday night. Crime scene investigators from the Texas Rangers, the FBI, the DPS and the Jefferson County Morgue assisted in processing evidence on and near the badly burned body and it was determined the man was murdered by means that remain unknown. On Wednesday, Morrow W. Reynolds, 50, who resided on the property where the body was found, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder. Reynolds remains in the Liberty County on a $1 million bond.

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Liberty County Sheriff’s Investigator Chip Fairchild said 74-year-old Ulysse Labove Jr. was killed in a fire at his Raywood home yesterday morning. Witnesses said they were unable to restrain the man from entering his burning garage in an attempt to get his car. While inside the burning structure, the elderly man was apparently overcome by the heat and smoke.

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Prosecution witnesses called to testify in County Treasurer Janet Harrelson’s criminal trial yesterday included County Court-At-Law Judge Don Taylor, who told the court he had emphatically urged the defendant not to attempt to move her son to the Liberty County Jail from the TDCJ. Later testimony by former Assistant District Attorney Joe Warren, however, at least implied that at some point both Judge Taylor and County Sheriff Greg Arthur had favored the idea. Warren said he was called to a meeting with Judge Taylor, Sheriff Arthur and Janet Harrelson where he was asked to file a bench warrant for the transfer. Warren said he refused, calling the plan a “powder keg”. Testimony in the case is expected to conclude today.

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Unlimited ride armbands for the TVE Carnival are on sale now at BJ Ford on Hwy 90 in Liberty. The armbands are $40 each while supplies last and entitle the wearer to ride any of the rides for the entire run of the carnival as often as they want.

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FUNERALS: Leslie Baxter Ledford, 36, of Tarkington, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. ** Keith Till, 49, of Wallisville, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church in Anahuac. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.72 F- ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 184 THURSDAY SEPT. 25TH, 2003-

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Prosecution testimony continued yesterday in the criminal trial of Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson. Former court bailiff John Davis who executed the bench warrant for Harrelson’s son, Jeffery Paul Hale, transferring him from the TDCJ to the Liberty County Jail, testified that he did so by direction of County Court-At-Law Judge Don Taylor. Davis said he also took the convicted felon and Ms. Harrelson to her home in Dayton for a lunch attended by numerous family friends while en route to the jail. County Sheriff Greg Arthur took the stand and told the court that Harrelson had asked him if she could ride along during the prisoner transfer, and he told her she could not.

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Tuesday night the Dayton City Council voted to reject all bids on the new Dayton City Hall Project after those bids came in much higher than expected. Council agreed to seek new bids and will also schedule a conference beforehand, open to all contractors to try and come up with more uniform bids. As reported, the city is planning to renovate the old Dayton Masonic Lodge building into a new Dayton City Hall.

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The Liberty Panthers open district play tomorrow night against the Splendora Wildcats in Memorial Stadium. Dayton has the night off, so All Nine Sports will broadcast the Hardin Hornets Homecoming match up with the Hardin Jefferson Hawks instead. Turn your balance control to the left for Liberty vs. Splendora or to the right for Hardin vs. Hardin-Jefferson. Kick off is at 7:30 with the pre-game at 7:20. You can also listen to the game of your choice on line at kshn.com.

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Booth spaces are still available for rent in the Exhibition Hall during the upcoming Trinity Valley Exposition Oct. 14th through the 18th, but only a few remain. To rent an exhibition hall space, call Lisa Daigle at 936-536-6326.

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The U.T. Longhorns face Purdue Saturday evening with a 6 p.m. kick off. Once again this week, Roy Bennett’s “Country Classics” and “Liberty Bluegrass” will be aired around 4:30 p.m. Sunday with the Liberty Opry on at 9 p.m. Sunday.

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FUNERAL: R. Keith Till, 49, of Wallisville, Services pending at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.06 F- ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 183 WEDNESDAY SEPT. 24TH, 2003-

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Prosecution testimony began yesterday in the trial of Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson. Among those called to the stand by DA Mike Little was Texas Ranger Frank Huff who investigated allegations of document tampering, forgery and abuse of official capacity against Ms. Harrelson. Assistant Liberty County Attorney Mike Beausoliel testified that the elected official had consulted him on the possibility of preparing a bench warrant to transfer her son, a convicted felon, from the TDCJ to the Liberty County Jail. Beausoliel said Harrelson told him she hoped to have her son put in the jail’s work release program. The Assistant County Attorney told the court his response to this statement had been that to do so would be “political suicide” for the recently elected treasurer.

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Liberty County Commissioners met yesterday and approved the purchase of a used pick up truck for Precinct #6 Constable Royce Wheeler who serves as County Environmental Officer. Commissioners also approved $42,000 for a refurbished reclaimer roadwork machine for Precinct #4.

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The Dayton Broncos have this Friday off, so All Nine Sports Split Channel High School Football Broadcast will feature the Hardin Hornets instead. Turn you stereo balance control to the left for Liberty vs. Splendora or to the right for Hardin vs. Hardin-Jefferson. Kick off for both games is 7:30 Friday night.

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Advance tickets are still available for the TVE Kick-Off Dance this Saturday night at the TVE Arena. Sean Vidrine and Swamp Fyre will open for Jake Hooker and the Outsiders. The dance is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $10 advance tickets are available at the TVE Office, Pappy’s BBQ in Liberty and Dayton, Sterling Realty and Baskins in Liberty, Maci Feed in Hardin and Brick’s Cleaners in Liberty, Dayton and Anahuac. Tickets at the gate are $12. Tickets can also be purchased on line. Just link to the Trinity Valley Exposition Web Site at kshn.com.

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FUNERALS: Gladys Lee Carpenter Williams, 82, of Dayton, Graveside services at 2 p.m. Friday at Woodlawn Garden of Memories in Houston. ** Ethel Prestage, 107, of Devers, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Devers. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.06 F- ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 181 MONDAY SEPT. 22ND, 2003-

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On Friday in District Court, attorneys for both sides in the Janet Harrelson civil suit agreed to postpone the ousted County Treasurer’s testimony until after her criminal trial on charges stemming from the same incidents. The “hearing to compel” was to force Ms. Harrelson to answer the questions she had claimed 5th Amendment protection over earlier. Janet Harrelson blasted KSHN for news report on that testimony in deposition. She said she had nothing to hide, but used her 5th Amendment right on her attorney’s advice to postpone answering certain questions until after the criminal trial. That trial, alleging the Liberty County Treasurer committed forgery, document tampering and abuse of her office in trying to gain special treatment for her son, an incarcerated felon, begins today in the 253rd District Court.

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A monument honoring eleven Dayton men who gave their lives during World War II, will be erected next to what will eventually become the new Dayton City Hall. The red Granite memorial will set near the flagpole on the outside of the building. The monument will be dedicated next Veterans Day ****************************************************

The future of the former Bob Bomer GMC Dealership in Liberty remains in doubt, after a last-minute agreement with South Trust Bank put ownership of the dealership’s inventory back in GM hands. Only about 75 vehicles were part of last Friday’s public sale, far fewer than first expected. The group headed by Jack and Wayne Pagan of Galveston, attempting to buy the dealership when South Trust foreclosed, still wants to purchase it, but that decision is now up to General Motors.

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Both the Liberty Panthers and Dayton Broncos won close ones on the road Friday night. Liberty beat Stafford 13 to 12 with Dayton over Huntsville, 14 to 12. Both are now 3-0. The Hull-Daisetta Bobcats clobbered Huntington 32 to 0.

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,80, of Cleveland, Services Saturday @ 10 a.m. at 1

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* LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.18 F- ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 180 FRIDAY SEPT. 19TH, 2003-

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According to Liberty County Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner, a new law goes into effect on January 1st that assesses penalties of up to 50% for business owners who do not report personal business property. Unlike property owners, business owners in Texas are also taxed for personal property that generates income such as office equipment, inventories, machinery and furniture. Until now, the law did not provide any penalty for failing to render that property and a substantial number of businesses have not done so. Alan Conner said an amnesty provision attached to the new law allows business owners to avoid any back taxes being assessed if it is filed with the Central Appraisal District by November 30th. For more information, call 936-336-5722.

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Former Chambers County Jailer Gary Hatcher, 41, pled guilty to charges of Improper Sexual Conduct with a Person in Custody and was sentenced to seven years probation and a $1,000 fine. We have reported that Hatcher was indicted last March after 5 current and former female jail inmates told investigators he offered them cigarettes and prescription drugs in exchange for sex. Hatcher is also prohibited from working in law enforcement for 7 years, forced to surrender his paramedic license and perform 400 hours of community service.

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At last Tuesday’s Liberty School Board meeting, the majority of trustees favored consideration of a new law that allows school districts in Texas to display the motto “In God We Trust” in classrooms, auditoriums and cafeterias. Only longtime Liberty School Trustee Carl Pickett disagreed with the idea, citing the fact that some children might not be comfortable with the motto and he was concerned for all the district students, not just the majority. Superintendent Dr. Patty Shafer said overall board sentiment favored putting the item on next month’s agenda.

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The Valley Players will present “Smoke on the Mountain” next weekend at the Humphreys-Burson Theater in Liberty. Tickets for the Bluegrass Gospel Musical $5 each. Performances are Saturday Sept. 27th at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday Sept.29th. For reservations, call 936-336-6699.

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The Texas Longhorns take on the Rice Owls tomorrow night at 8 p.m. The pre-game starts on KSHN FM at 7 p.m.

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* LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.40 F- ASL*

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 178 WEDNESDAY SEPT. 17TH, 2003-

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In testimony given in a deposition for her pending civil suit, indicted Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson accused several other elected officials of lying or misconduct. Ms. Harrelson’s primary target was County Commissioner Lee Groce, whom she accused of fraudulent bidding practices. In fact, that allegation against the Precinct #2 Commissioner was first made by former Courthouse Maintenance Supervisor Neil Williford after his own arrest on federal wire tapping charges. An investigation by the FBI and District Attorney’s Office found no evidence of any wrong doing by Commissioner Groce.

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A new law requiring candidates for school trustee positions in districts with 5,000 students or more to make full financial disclosures to the state, affects only one Liberty County School District: the Dayton ISD. School Superintendent Nancy Fuller said she opposes the law and feels it will keep good people from seeking the unpaid positions. Prior to this law, school trustee candidates were only required to disclose campaign contributions. The new law will be in effect in the next election.

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Liberty Police say 85-year-old William Thomas Moore was found at his home on Cornell Street yesterday, clinging to life with a gunshot wound to the head. A .22 revolver was found nearby and the man is said to have told caregivers that he was going to kill himself. At last report, William Thomas Moore was in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

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Both the Liberty Panthers and the Dayton Broncos are on the road tomorrow night. Liberty goes to Stafford to take on the Spartans, while the Broncos are in Huntsville for a match up against the Hornets. All Nine Sports’ Split Channel Broadcast of Liberty and Dayton High School Football begins at 7:20 tomorrow night. Kick off is at 7:30.

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Due to the Texas Longhorns Football games this Saturday and next Saturday, Roy Bennett’s “Country Classics” and “Liberty Bluegrass” will air at 4:30 p.m. with the Liberty Opry at 9 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 21st and Sunday Sept. 27th.

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FUNERAL: Lenwood Nugent, 66, of Liberty, Services were yesterday.

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* LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.40 F- ASL*

 

-VOLUME 18 NO. 178 WEDNESDAY SEPT. 17TH, 2003-

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At a hearing set for this Friday, County Attorney Pro-Tem Charles Kimbrough will attempt to convince Visiting District Judge David Walker to compel Liberty County Treasurer Janet Harrelson to answer some questions she has previously used her 5th Amendment Protections to avoid answering in other testimony. The hearing relates to the civil case against Ms. Harrelson that led to her removal from office for allegedly using her elected position to procure special treatment for her son, a convicted felon housed in the TDCJ. Janet Harrelson’s criminal trial on charges relating to the same incidents begins Monday.

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The Houston Chronicle Newspaper reports that 50-year-old Ramchand Jagaroo of Crosby is facing felony charges of Intoxication Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault in connection with the wreck last Saturday that killed Gary Smith, 36, of Dayton and severely injured his 16-year-old son Kenneth. Jagaroo is alleged to have hit the pick up truck Smith was driving on Hwy 90 in Harris County from behind with his BMW, forcing the truck to topple off the overpass and fall 35 feet. Kenneth Smith is reportedly at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston having suffered severe spinal damage.

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The Dayton City Council met Monday night and adopted both the new budget and tax rate for Fiscal Year 2004. The city’s new tax rate is just a bit less than 69 cents per $100 assessed property value. The vote on the new budget was 3 to 1 with Councilman John Simmons the lone “No” vote. Simmons said he would have liked to see the city council put more money into street, drainage and sewer improvements as well as follow the comprehensive improvement plan adopted last year more closely.

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The Annual Kenefick Kaper, benefiting the Kenefick Volunteer Fire Department is this Saturday at the Fire Station on FM 1008. BBQ will be served starting at 11 a.m. and there will be arts and crafts, a beauty pageant, plus Live, Silent and Chinese Auctions. At 8:30 p.m., the dance with Big John Mills begins. Dance admission is $5 per person.

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The Libertad Chapter of the DAR will hold a bell ringing ceremony today at 10 a.m. at the Liberty Bell Tower to celebrate Constitution Week. The public is invited.

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* LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.23 F- ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 177 TUESDAY SEPT. 16TH, 2003-

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DPS Trooper Ryan Foley said 58-year-old Charles Willard Hill of Livingston was walking north along FM 2610 between Romayor and Ace in far North Liberty County Sunday when he was struck by a northbound pick up truck. The driver of the truck, Jennifer Gray, 42, of Ace was not injured but Precinct #3 JP Phil Fitzgerald pronounced Charles Hill dead at the scene. Reports indicate the Livingston man was killed instantly

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According to a report in the Houston Chronicle Newspaper, 36-year-old Gary Smith of Dayton was traveling Hwy 90 at the San Jacinto River at around 7 p.m. Saturday when his pick up truck was hit from behind by a BMW. The impact reportedly caused the truck to roll on to its side before plunging over the overpass guardrail and falling some 35 feet. Gary Smith was killed in the wreck and his 16-year-old son, a passenger in the truck, reportedly suffered a severe spinal injury. The driver of the BMW was arrested and charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault, both felony offenses.

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TVE Facilities Manager James Bricker said this year’s PRCA Rodeo would feature for the first time, a video screen that plays live action, as well as instant replay of rodeo events. The TVE has contracted with a company called Montex Studios for the 12 by 16-foot screen as a special treat for TVE Rodeo audiences. Highlights from the previous day’s livestock shows will also be on view. For more information on this year’s TVE, call 936-336-7455 or link to the web site at kshn.com.

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The date of the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon has been changed. The luncheon will be on Wednesday September 24th at noon in the Liberty City Hall Auditorium. This month’s luncheon will feature representatives from the Trinity Valley Exposition and the meal will be various rice dishes. Chamber officials said scheduling problems prompted the change from this week to next week.

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FUNERALS: Mary Emma Speights, 88, of Wallisville, Services at 2 p.m. today at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. ** Virginia Idell Moorman, 78, of Liberty, Private services at a later date. Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.23 F- ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 173 WEDNESDAY SEPT. 10TH, 2003-

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Liberty County Commissioners met yesterday and voted 3 to 1 to approve the county’s new fiscal year budget and tax rate. We reported commissioners had been split 2 to 2 over budget approval, but one “no” vote, Precinct #4 Commissioner Norman Brown changed his vote to “yes”, saying he did not want the county to lose about $1 million by having to revert back to the former effective tax rate. Precinct #1 Commissioner Todd Fontenot, was the single “no” vote this time.

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At a special meeting Monday night, the Dayton City Council voted unanimously to increase the city’s water rate by twenty cents. Dayton’s current water rate is $1.70 per 1,000 gallons. The increase brings the rate up to $1.90. City Manager Robert Ewart had initially proposed increasing the city’s water and sewer rates by 10 cents each, but council felt sewer rates were at a fair level and voted for the 20 cent water rate increase instead.

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District Attorney Mike Little said among the new criminal laws effective as of September 1st is a statute that increases the punishment level for scam artists found guilty of defrauding the elderly. There is also a new law that expands the areas where a person can lawfully carry a licensed firearm. Still another new law targets violent behavior by spectators at sporting events.

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Liberty County Clerk Delia Sellars said of the approximately 42,000 registered county voters, 640 cast early votes in this Saturday ‘s Constitutional Amendment Election. Texas will decide the fate of 22 proposed amendments, including the controversial Prop. #12 that would limit certain damage awards in medical malpractice lawsuits.

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The 15th Annual Texas Gatorfest starts this Friday at 6 p.m. and continues through 6 p.m. Sunday at Fort Anahuac Park. Visitors can enjoy the Great Alligator Round Up plus a motorcycle poker run, rides in air boats, plenty of food and live musical performances from Wayne Toups, Zona Jones, Carl Manchaca and many others. For more information, call 409-267- 4120 or log on to www.texasgatorfest.com.

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FUNERAL: San Juanita Ramos, 55, of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.89 R - ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 172 TUESDAY SEPT. 9TH, 2003-

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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said his department is investigating the theft of more than $12,000 in public funds from the Liberty County Clerk’s Office. Sheriff Arthur would say only that the suspect is a woman who worked in the Office of County Clerk Delia Sellars for about 7 months. The series of thefts are believed to have occurred over a period of about a month in February of this year. The suspect reportedly left the county’s employment of her own accord and no further thefts have been detected. Evidence will be given to the District Attorney’s Office for possible presentation to a grand jury.

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The most controversial of the 22 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution to be decided in this Saturday’s election is Prop. # 12, that allows the legislature to cap non-economic damages in malpractice lawsuits at $750,000. State Representative Dan Ellis said there are strong arguments both for and against it. Those in favor of the proposition maintain the cap will put a stop to the frivolous lawsuits responsible for rising medical malpractice insurance rates. Opponents say it opens the door for similar legislative caps on all civil lawsuits.

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Last Thursday, attorneys for former Chambers County Sheriff’s Deputies Dearl Hardy and John Joslin petitioned 344th District Court Judge Carroll Wilborn for a change of venue in the two men’s upcoming trials on perjury and other charges. Hardy and Joslin are accused of fabricating false charges against Vernon Coates of Anahuac and lying to a grand jury about their actions. Greg Cagle, Dearl Hardy’s attorney said local media coverage of the case will bias potential jurors, but Judge Wilborn disagreed, citing only a few local news stories on the case in the past year as his reason for denying the motion.

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The 2003 TVE Barbecue Cook Off will on Friday and Saturday October 10th and 11th at the TVE Fairgrounds in Liberty. Entries are being accepted in five categories: ribs, fajitas, beans, brisket and margaritas. For entry information, call 936-336-7455.

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FUNERALS: Betty Jean Boone, 64, of Dayton, Memorial Service held yesterday. ** Lewis Wesley Roush, Jr., 58, of Dayton, Services at 10 a.m. today at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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* LAKE RELEASE: 3,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.89 R - ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 171 MONDAY SEPT. 8TH, 2003-

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The proposed tax rate for the City of Dayton’s new fiscal year is slightly less than 69 cents per $100 of appraised value with an effective tax rate of 66.9 cents. The effective rate is the amount the city could charge to raise the same amount of revenue as last year. City Mgr Robert Ewart said the increase in the city’s effective rate is additional debts from utility improvements and extensions. Ewart said the tax rate the covers day-to-day maintenance and operation is lower than last year. . ****************************************************

Local Community active, Debbie Dugger, will be honored in Austin on Friday by the Texas Education Agency. San Jac. Elem. Principal Donna Echols nominated her for “The Heroes For Children” award. Mrs. Dugger is one of 15 volunteers, statewide to get this years award for her tireless contributions to Liberty ISD. The award cites her involvement in the Friends-In-Deed program. She will get a Plaque, A letter from the Governor, and her name permanently displayed in Austin ****************************************************

Liberty Co. Commissioners are holding 2 meetings in their temporary courtroom tomorrow. It’s in the Liberty City Council Chambers, across Travis from the courthouse. Comm.’s will hold the public hearing at 8:30 a.m. on the proposed budget that has them evenly split. Co. Judge Lloyd Kirkham Is the tie breaker saying he approves of the new budget. They expect to ratify the new budget in the regular meeting at 9 tomorrow.

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The Liberty Panthers pulled off a last tick of the clock victory over the Cardinals in Bridge City Friday night, Liberty 31, Bridge City 29. The Dayton Broncos beat state ranked Willis 19 to 17. In other Friday action Hull-Daisetta 32 Burkeville 12; Trinity 13 Hardin 0; Anahuac 57 Tarkington 6; Barbers Hill over Hamshire Fannet 29-7; and Cleveland beat Caney Creek 33 to 27 in double overtime.

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Award winning author James Haley Will be at the Sam Houston Regional Library tomorrow signing his new book. Haley will also be a guest on tomorrows KSHN“Party Line” . ****************************************************

,73,Liberty,Graveside services @10 today at Cooke Mem. Cem.-Liberty.**

* LAKE RELEASE: 5,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 13.97 R - ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 168 WEDNESDAY SEPT. 3RD, 2003-

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The Liberty County Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute City of Liberty Municipal Judge Bill “Sonny” Loftin on a drunk driving charge relating to a rollover wreck in early June on FM 563. The 61-year-old Liberty man reportedly registered a breath- test reading that was twice the legal blood alcohol limit on the night of the wreck, but that is not admissible in court and Assistant County Attorney Mark Beausileil said there was insufficient evidence for prosecution on the charge.

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Liberty County EMS Director Mike Koen with representatives from the University of Texas Health Science Center and Texas A&M University unveiled the new “Dreams Project ” ambulance at yesterday’s Liberty County Commissioners Court Meeting. Commissioners received a demonstration of the ambulances technological capabilities that, according to U. T.’ s Doug Tindle will connect paramedics at the scene with trauma specialists at the hospital in a way never before possible.

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Assistant Liberty County Attorney Michael Pichinsson said a new law that limits the amount of time a person can be jailed for civil contempt of court to 18 months was created because of Odis Briggs. You may recall that former 75th District Judge J.C. “Zeke” Zbranek ordered the Chambers County man jailed for contempt when he failed to produce court-ordered documents. A federal judge ordered Briggs freed on bond late last year after he had been incarcerated over 4 years. Pichinsson said Briggs’ attorney drafted the legislation to create another option for his client’s release. Attorney Richard Baker, representing Liberty County, has challenged the new law as being unconstitutional.

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Entries are being accepted for the 2003 TVE Baby Parade on Saturday October 11th at 10 a.m. in downtown Liberty. This year’s theme is “Sports and Outdoors” and the entry fee is $10. For more information call Parade Chair Jennifer Regen at 936-334-9687 or log on to www.trinityvalleyexposition.com.

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FUNERALS: Jimmy Wayne Williams, 53, of Port Neches, formerly of Liberty, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church of in Jasper. ** Paula Renee Carter Listz, 37, of Louisiana, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac. **

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* LAKE RELEASE: 12,000 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.64 R - ASL*

-VOLUME 18 NO. 167 TUESDAY SEPT. 2ND, 2003-

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Precinct #2 Constable Jimmy Belt said he attempted to pull over 37-year-old Valerie Kay Jackson for speeding on Hwy 90 yesterday afternoon, but the Spring women reportedly continued on, speeding through Devers and finally stopping at the Texaco convenience store in Raywood. The woman said the constable’s SUV made her uncomfortable about stopping. The law does allow a driver to go to the nearest populated area before stopping for law enforcement, but Ms. Jackson allegedly passed populated areas before stopping. Valerie Jackson was arrested and charged with evading detention.

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Liberty County Precinct #1 Constable Tim Allison won a grievance proceeding last week and was granted a salary increase of about $9,000 per year and an increase in his auto allowance. Constable Allison filed the grievance when County Commissioners recently decided to increase the salaries of the Precinct #4 and #5 Constables to an annual $29,290 while Allison himself got only what all county employees got: 3%. The Grievance Committee consisting of six elected county officials and three members of the Liberty County Grand Jury voted unanimously to give Allison the increase.

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Classes are not being held in the Dayton ISD today. Superintendent Nancy Fuller said a small electrical fire at Woodrow Wilson Junior High caused minimal damage, but repairs need to be made to the school’s electrical system. . It was decided to cancel classes at all Dayton Schools today. Repairs should be done in time for a regular school day tomorrow.

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Last Friday night opened the 2003-2004 High School Football Season and all four South Liberty County teams earned victories at home. The Liberty Panthers trounced the Silsbee Tigers 14 to 0, the Dayton Broncos beat the Lamar Consolidated Mustangs 28 to 22 in a thriller. Hardin downed Tarkington 51 to 7 and the Hull-Daisetta Bobcats defeated the Kountze Lions 37 to 12. In Chambers County, the Anahuac Panthers defeated the Barbers Hill Eagles in overtime 20 to 14.

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FUNERALS: Jerome Hawkins II, 29, of Houston, Services at 10 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood. ** Dorothy “Janice” Odell, 80, of Liberty, Services held Sunday.

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* * LAKE RELEASE: 1,420 CFS*LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.14 S - ASL* *

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