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March 2002

-VOLUME 17 NO.62, FRIDAY, MAR. 29, 2002-

Early voting for the April 9th Primary Runoff Elections starts Monday April 1st and continues through Friday April 5th at the Liberty County Courthouse and the Cleveland Annex from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the Dayton ISD Administration Offices from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Democratic voting boxes are being consolidated for the runoff and County Democratic Party Chair John Archer said voting boxes #1, #15 and #16 will vote at the Romayor Fire Station. Boxes #2 and #3 vote at Hardin High School, boxes #4, #13, #17 and #11 all vote at the Raywood Fire Station while boxes #5, #6, #18, #19 and #28 vote at the Humphreys Cultural Center in Liberty. Boxes #10, #14, #22, #26 and #31 will vote at Dayton ISD Offices, boxes #30 and #24 vote at the Westlake Fire Station, boxes #8, #9, #25 and #29 at Tarkington Elementary and boxes #7, #12, #20, and #27 vote at the Austin Memorial Library in Cleveland.

Beaumont police report that a high-speed chase to capture a suspect in two armed robberies Tuesday night ended in Chambers County. At around 9:20 p.m. the suspect reportedly fled from Beaumont to I-10 west into Chambers County where Chambers County Sheriff’s Deputies fired on the vehicle in an attempt to stop it. The driver apparently called 911 in Jefferson County during the chase and said he would give up if officers would stop shooting at him. The shooting stopped and Elton Joseph Broussard, 24, of Beaumont was taken into custody.

Liberty Police Detective Bill Griffin said it was around 11:30 yesterday morning when John Clark, 32, of Dayton stopped on Martin Luther King Drive at Alabama St. in Liberty, attempted to turn around and was struck by another vehicle, driven by Carole Ihlenfrdt also of Dayton. Mrs. Ihlenfrdt was taken to Liberty-Dayton Hospital complaining of chest pains and John Clark was arrested for driving with a suspended license as well as for an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Ticket reservations are available now for the Valley Player’s Spring Musical "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at the Humphreys-Burson Theater in Liberty. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday April 11th through Saturday April 13th, with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Saturday April 13th and Sunday April 14th. Tickets are $5 each. For reservations, call 336-6699.

**LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 18.84 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.61, THURSDAY, MAR. 28, 2002-

Democratic Runoff Candidate for the U.S. Senate Ron Kirk brought his campaign to Cleveland yesterday as a guest of Cleveland City Councilman Willie Carter. Kirk spoke on a number of issues including the war on terrorism and estimating what it will cost taxpayers. The former Dallas Mayor and Texas Secretary of State said predicted improvements in the economy will mean an opportunity to rebuild social security in coming years. Ron Kirk will face Mesquite schoolteacher Victor Morales in the April 9th Democratic Runoff for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Phil Gramm.

The Liberty City Council met Tuesday night and, as expected, voted to cancel the May 4th General Election. Mayor Bruce Halstead and Council Members Dennis Odell, Mike McCarty and Michael Mark are all running for reelection unopposed. Council also voted to cancel the special election for revisions to the city’s Home Rule Charter when informed by City Secretary Dianne Tidwell that the city could not hold the special election on that date, without also holding the council election, at a cost of roughly $1,200. Council could take no action on setting a new date for the special election Tuesday but several members felt holding it in conjunction with the state’s General Election in November would draw the most voters to the polls.

The Dayton Broncos Baseball Team earned their second District 21-4A victory Tuesday night by defeating the Crosby Cougars 9 to 5. Tonight Dayton plays host to Caney Creek at 7 p.m. The Liberty Panthers are also in action tonight against the Barbers Hill Eagles. You can hear the Liberty game live here on All Nine Radio beginning shortly before the first pitch at 7 p.m.

The Liberty County Courthouse and all city offices in Liberty and Dayton will be closed tomorrow in observance of Good Friday. Garbage service will run as scheduled in both cities. Both the Liberty Municipal Library and the Jones Library in Dayton will also be closed. All banks and post offices will be open for their regular hours tomorrow.

3/28 FUNERAL: Denitha Laviene Green, 41, of Liberty, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Godfrey’s Chapel Church of God in Christ in Liberty.

**LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 17.21 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.60, WEDNESDAY, MAR. 27, 2002-

A jury in Judge Chap Cain’s 253rd District Court has awarded Tim Ottison of Dayton over $3.8 million in damages in a suit resulting from an accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. In the early morning hours of February 28th 2000, a vehicle hit the 42-year-old Ottison, then living in Ames, as he rode his bicycle on the shoulder of Hwy 90 between Ames and Liberty. Mr. Ottison’s attorney, Tom Hastings of Houston said last week the jury found the vehicle’s driver, Rebecca Renice Hebert, 25, of Raywood negligent in the accident. She and her insurance company were ordered to pay the millions in damages.

Liberty County Commissioners met yesterday morning and agreed to pay for the equipment and installation of a new smoke detection system at the Liberty County Jail at a cost of $111,000. That total includes $86,000 for the system to meet State Jail Commission standards and another $24,000 so it will meet the City of Liberty’s Fire Code. As previously reported, failure to install the new system could result in a portion of the jail being closed for use in housing inmates for safety reasons.

The Liberty Panthers Baseball Team’s 10 to 0 win over Kountze in their district opener Monday night brings their season record to 11 and 2. Next, the Panthers play host to last year’s 22-3A District Champions- the Barbers Hill Eagles tomorrow night. If you can’t make it to the Liberty City Park for that game, you can hear all the play-by-play live on All Nine Sports beginning shortly before the first pitch at 7 p.m.

The 2nd Annual Liberty County Relay for Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society is less than two weeks away. The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday April 5th and continues overnight until 7 a.m. Saturday April 6th at Liberty’s War Memorial Stadium. Cancer survivors walk the first lap and afterward teams participating will keep one member on the track for each succeeding lap. For more information, call 336-3945 in Liberty, 258-5735 in Dayton or stop by the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. Last year’s event raised more than $48,000 for cancer research, education and patient services.

3/27 FUNERAL: Edwin Daniel Mitchell, II, 57, of Dayton, Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral in Dayton.

**LAKE RELEASE: 18,000 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 14.76 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.59, TUESDAY, MAR. 26, 2002-

According to information from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, 33-year-old Ronford Lee Styron Jr. of Dayton is set to be put death in Huntsville on May 16th for the beating death of his 11-month-old son in 1993. Styron was the first in the entire state to be tried under the law that makes the murder of any child under the age of 6 a capital crime. The infant, Lee Hollace Styron died at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and autopsy results revealed the child had suffered at least 10 broken ribs and bones prior to the assault that killed him. Styron told police the beatings were the result of his anger over the belief that he was not the child’s biological father.

Most voting boxes for the April 9th Republican Primary Runoff Election between Michael Galloway and Tommy Williams for District #4 State Senator have been consolidated. County Republican Party Chair Richard Pegues said boxes #2 and #3 will vote at Hardin High School, boxes #7, #12, #20 and #27 vote at Austin Memorial Library in Cleveland, boxes # 1, #15 and #16 vote at the North Liberty County Volunteer Fire Station. Voting boxes #4-#6, #11, #13, #14, #17-#19 and #28 all vote at the Humphreys Cultural Center in Liberty. Boxes #21 and #29 vote at the Kenefick Civic Center, boxes #8, #9, and #25 vote at the Tarkington Volunteer Fire Station, and boxes #10, #22, #26, #30 and #31 all vote at Colbert Elementary in Dayton.

At last Thursday’s meeting, the Liberty City Council named seven semi-finalists to replace the departing Kerry Lacy as Liberty City Manager. Those include longtime Liberty Police Chief Billy Tidwell and Assistant City Manager Michael Ramirez, as well as Scott Albert, current City Administrator of Palmer, Tx., Allen Barnes, City Administrator of Whitesboro, Manuel De La Rosa of Houston, Jeff Ellington Consultant for the City of Jacksonville and Larry Mitchell of Oklahoma.

The 19th Annual Shine All Nine Easter Egg Hunt is this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the Liberty City Park. All area children 9 and under are invited to participate and hunt for 5,000 candy-filled eggs, 90 prize eggs and three grand prize eggs each good for a new bicycle and safety helmet. You’ll want to arrive early, follow traffic directions for parking and stay tuned to 99.9 FM for instructions and the start signal.

**LAKE RELEASE: 15,000 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 11.71 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.56, THURSDAY, MAR. 21, 2002-

Yesterday was the final day to file as a candidate in the May 4th city council and school board elections, and again this year, it appears several of those will be cancelled for lack of competition. Only incumbents have filed the Liberty, Dayton, Ames and Hardin City Council Elections, and for the Dayton School Board Election. The Liberty School Board race is contested as Incumbents Carl Pickett and Lionelle McClain will be vying with Frank Davis and Brenda McManus Jones for the two open seats in at-large voting for the LISD Trustee Board. There is also one contested seat on the Hardin School Board: Position #6 Incumbent School Trustee Larry Fontenot faces opposition from Texas Ranger Frank Huff.

Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said two juvenile suspects have been arrested for a series of thefts in the Hardin area. The two youths were arrested Tuesday night on one count of burglary of a habitation, 4 counts of burglary of vehicle and 2 counts of theft. Deputy Kenny Dagle and Detective "Jimbo" Brown reportedly recovered approximately $2,000 in stolen car stereo equipment and auto parts in the course of the investigation. The two suspects were arraigned and have been released into the custody of their parents.

The Liberty School Board met Tuesday night and approved the 2002-2003 school calendar, and, as in the current calendar, classes do not resume after the summer vacation until after Labor Day. Superintendent Dr. Douglas Moore said most of the feedback from teachers about the longer summer break have been positive and since most of the LISD teacher in-service days are early in the school year, the teachers can apply newly-acquired techniques in teaching their present students.

The Liberty Lions Club Annual Jubilee Fish Fry is tomorrow from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the corner of Main St. and Sam Houston in downtown Liberty. Tickets are $7 each and available from any Lions Club member or at the gate. The Jubilee Fireworks display is set for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Admission is free and the best viewing location is the courthouse square area.

3/21 FUNERAL: Chris Clanton, 20, of Liberty, Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at 1st Baptist Church in Liberty.

**LAKE RELEASE: 4,150 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.12 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.55, WEDNESDAY, MAR. 20, 2002-

DPS Trooper Brent Henry said 27-year-old Bill Johnson of Cleveland was southbound on CR #2184 near Rye around 11:45 p.m. Monday when he lost control of his car going into a curve. Evidence indicated the vehicle slid through a ditch, slammed into a tree, then ricocheted back on to the road where it rolled over and landed upside down. Bill Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct # 3 JP Phil Fitzgerald.

The Dayton City Council met Monday night and authorized City Manager Robert Ewart to begin planning for the annexation of two new strips of land: a one-mile stretch along FM 1960 and an approximately two-mile length down FM 1409. Mayor Larry Harris said the second annexation would bring the Dayton City Limits almost up to the home of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gay, a familiar landmark to those in the area of FM 1409. The council action allows Mr. Ewart to secure a surveyor and handle other preliminary matters surrounding the annexations.

The City of Liberty will hold a reception for outgoing City Manager Kerry Lacy this coming Tuesday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Liberty City Hall. Mr. Lacy’s final day on the job before leaving to take over the city manager’s job in Watauga, Texas is March 31st.

Advance tickets are still available for the Liberty Jubilee Street Dance this Friday night beginning at 8 p.m. in downtown Liberty. "The Posse" from Houston opens the show, then rising country star Chris Wells and his band will take the stage. Tickets are $6 each in advance, $8 at the gate Friday night. For tickets call 336-5736 or stop the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Office on Trinity Street in Liberty.

All Nine Sports first live high school baseball broadcast of the season is this Friday night as the Dayton Broncos take on the Forest Brook Jaguars in the new Dayton Baseball Field on FM 1960 near Dayton High School at 7 p.m.

3/20 FUNERALS: Mildred Abshier, 89, of Liberty, Graveside services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty.

Lloyd Gates, 60, of Anahuac, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Anahuac.

**LAKE RELEASE: 1,800 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.24 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.54, TUESDAY, MAR. 19, 2002-

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office reports that a leaking chemical transport from Beaumont caused traffic shutdowns and an evacuation of a 500-foot area around it yesterday afternoon. Witnesses reported the rig leaking on Hwy 321 near Cleveland and, since the chemical it carried was reported both toxic and explosive, the Sheriff’s Dept. as well as members of the DPS, TxDot, City of Cleveland Haz-mat and the Tarkington Volunteer Fire Department closed traffic and cordoned off the area. Repairs to the truck failed and the vehicle was stopped again shortly thereafter in the old Cleveland Wal-mart Parking lot until crews from Miller Transport Co. of Beaumont, the truck’s owners, could arrive and safely remove the chemicals.

Liberty County Auditor Harold Seay reported on the state of the county’s Road and Bridge Budgets at the 5-month mark of the fiscal year at last Tuesday’s Commissioners Court meeting. At this point Precinct #1 Commissioner Todd Fontenot has spent 42.1% of his budget, Precinct #3 Commissioner Melvin Hunt has spent only 32% of his and Precinct #4 Commissioner Toby Wilburn just 31% through February 28th. Precinct #2 is the only precinct over budget at this point. Commissioner Lee Groce has spent just over 47% of his annual budget.

According to Liberty ISD Business Manager Mike Baldree, the district has spent close to $10,000 removing bats from Liberty High School without endangering students or harming the bats themselves. A Houston-based firm is handling the operation, and there is no clear estimate on how much longer the process will take. Mr. Baldree said very little damage has been done to the structure itself and hopes that when all of the bats are removed, the building will also be secure against any future infestations.

Entries are still being accepted for the Liberty Jubilee Parade this Saturday morning at 10 in downtown Liberty. This year’s theme is "My Favorite Day of the Year" and all families, children, businesses, church groups and community organizations are urged to participate. There is no cost to enter the parade and entry forms are available by calling 336-3603.

3/19 FUNERAL: Robert Henry McCarron, 58, of Dayton, Services at noon today at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. **

**LAKE RELEASE: 1,800 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.39 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.51, THURSDAY, MAR. 14, 2002-

A recount yesterday of Tuesday’s Democratic Primary Race for Liberty County Judge resulted in no change in the results. Unofficial vote counts on Tuesday showed Incumbent Lloyd Kirkham with only a lead of only 44 votes over challenger Bill "Sonny" Loftin. According to County Democratic Party Chair John Archer Sonny Loftin withdrew his petition after counting 3 boxes. Lloyd Kirkham will go onto face Lester Ray Wisegerber in November’s General Election.

DPS reports said Loren Shreflen, 25, of Cleveland was driving a van owned by the Hi-Way Tabernacle Assembly of God Church in Cleveland at an unsafe speed on CR# 2254 off Hwy 105 Monday night, when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. One passenger, David Allen, 12 of Cleveland was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with unknown injuries. Seven other Cleveland area children, ages ranging from 7 to 16, were taken to area hospitals for precautionary reasons.

The Liberty City Council met Tuesday and unanimously approved the construction of a new Vara Martin Daniel Pavilion to be built on city property in the downtown area. The current pavilion was built in 1986 and named for the late wife of Governor Bill Daniel, but conflict arose when the Board of Directors of the Humphries Foundation insisted the city remove Mrs. Daniel’s name, citing the original agreement for conveying the property where it sits to the city. The agreement was that no structure on that property could be named for anyone other than a member of the Humphries family. City Manager Kerry Lacy estimated the cost of the new pavilion at around $30,000.

On Tuesday, Liberty County Commissioners approved a contract with Tennessee Gas for the Sheriff’s Department to use a new radio tower west of Cleveland. The agreement will allow the Sheriff’s Office a radio frequency for that department’s sole use instead of sharing the present frequently with other emergency service agencies. The $74,000 cost for using the tower will be borne by the 100 Club of Houston and Sheriff Greg Arthur said his department should have the new radio frequency in the next three to four months.

3/14 FUNERAL: Charles M. Willoughby, 84, of Liberty, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at 1st United Methodist Church in Liberty.

**LAKE RELEASE: 1,800 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.36 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.49, TUESDAY, MAR. 12, 2002-

According to DPS Sergeant Ryan Arthur, 16-year-old Ashley May was northbound on FM 1409, about 10 miles south of Hwy 90 in Dayton around 6:30 p.m. Sunday when she apparently lost control of her vehicle. The Dayton teenager crossed the center- line and was hit by a southbound truck driven by Scott Dagenhart, 38, recently of Bodias, Texas. Ashley May was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct #4 JP Glenn Pruitt, who ordered an autopsy performed. Scott Dagenhart did not require medical treatment. Sgt. Arthur said wet road conditions could have been a contributing factor in the accident.

Cleveland Police Detective Tom Yates said it was around 11 p.m. last Wednesday when a white van pulled up beside 23-year-old Billy Massey on Anglin Street in Cleveland. Reportedly, someone inside the vehicle shot the Cleveland man once with an unknown caliber handgun. Billy Massey was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he was treated and has since been released. Anyone with information on the drive-by shooting on Anglin Street in Cleveland is asked to call Cleveland Police at 281-592-2621.

Investigators said the fire that destroyed a run down, unoccupied house in the South Liberty Oil Field Sunday night was most likely the work of arsonists. Fire fighters arrived at the old frame house around 8 p.m. and contained the flames, then pulled down the remaining structure for safety’s sake. Liberty Police said two juvenile boys taken into custody near the house were questioned The juveniles have been released into their parents’ custody, but are expected to be charged in the case.

TxDot reports overlay work on the Trinity River Bridge on I-10 in Chambers County will close the eastbound lanes to traffic from 9:30 p.m. tonight until 5:30 a.m. tomorrow and again from 9:30 Wednesday night until 5:30 a.m. Thursday. Overnight Thursday crews will switch to work on the westbound lanes.

3/12 FUNERALS:

Claude Everett Means, 80, of Liberty, Graveside services at 10 a.m. today at Cooke Memorial Cemetery in Liberty.

Joe McGowan, 100, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. today at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton

**LAKE RELEASE: 1,800 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.50 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.47, FRIDAY, MAR. 08, 2002-

Dayton Police said Ray Bula of Dayton was exiting a private driveway on the south side of Hwy 90 around 3:30 p.m. yesterday when he struck an eastbound truck, carrying an oversized load, driven by Jerry Mondrick, 70, of Louise, Texas. The Dayton man’s vehicle crossed Hwy 90 east to west, then down a steep embankment until it entered a large ditch. Thick brush and the deep ditch necessitated hauling the wrecked vehicle back several feet, so emergency crews could free the driver. Ray Bula was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston in what was described as "serious condition".

Liberty Police Officer Gary Martin said 18-year-old Helen Eubanks of Dayton was stopped to make a left turn from Hwy 146 to FM 1011 in Liberty around noon yesterday when a truck driven by William Chambless, 49, of Rye hit her vehicle from behind. The Dayton woman and her 16-month-old son, Seth Cantrell were taken to Liberty-Dayton Hospital as a precaution. William Chambless was cited for failure to control speed.

The 7th Annual Prostate Screening Clinic co-sponsored by KSHN Radio, Liberty-Dayton Hospital and Drs. James Harris and Robert Berwind is set for Saturday April 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the hospital’s Outpatient Clinic. This free clinic includes both the DRE and the PSA Blood Test for early detection of prostate cancer, the second biggest cancer killer in men, but one of the most curable if detected in time. To sign up for the clinic, call Liberty-Dayton Hospital at 336-3073.

Tomorrow is the second Saturday of the month and La Bahia Market returns to the courthouse square in downtown Liberty from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a wide variety of hand-made crafts, homemade foods and some antiques. There is no charge to visit La Bahia and vendors only pay $5 to participate. For more information, call the Chamber Office at 336-5736.

3/8 FUNERALS:

Catherine Lorene Brison, 73, of Henderson, Services at 2 p.m. today at Grand View Funeral Home in Pasadena.

Claud L. Gregory, 71, of Dayton, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

Irene E. Johnson Dunman, 80, of Anahuac, Services at 3 p.m. tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church in Anahuac.

**LAKE RELEASE: 1,800 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.40 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.47, FRIDAY, MAR. 08, 2002-

Dayton Police said Ray Bula of Dayton was exiting a private driveway on the south side of Hwy 90 around 3:30 p.m. yesterday when he struck an eastbound truck, carrying an oversized load, driven by Jerry Mondrick, 70, of Louise, Texas. The Dayton man’s vehicle crossed Hwy 90 east to west, then down a steep embankment until it entered a large ditch. Thick brush and the deep ditch necessitated hauling the wrecked vehicle back several feet, so emergency crews could free the driver. Ray Bula was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston in what was described as "serious condition".

Liberty Police Officer Gary Martin said 18-year-old Helen Eubanks of Dayton was stopped to make a left turn from Hwy 146 to FM 1011 in Liberty around noon yesterday when a truck driven by William Chambless, 49, of Rye hit her vehicle from behind. The Dayton woman and her 16-month-old son, Seth Cantrell were taken to Liberty-Dayton Hospital as a precaution. William Chambless was cited for failure to control speed.

The 7th Annual Prostate Screening Clinic co-sponsored by KSHN Radio, Liberty-Dayton Hospital and Drs. James Harris and Robert Berwind is set for Saturday April 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the hospital’s Outpatient Clinic. This free clinic includes both the DRE and the PSA Blood Test for early detection of prostate cancer, the second biggest cancer killer in men, but one of the most curable if detected in time. To sign up for the clinic, call Liberty-Dayton Hospital at 336-3073.

Tomorrow is the second Saturday of the month and La Bahia Market returns to the courthouse square in downtown Liberty from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a wide variety of hand-made crafts, homemade foods and some antiques. There is no charge to visit La Bahia and vendors only pay $5 to participate. For more information, call the Chamber Office at 336-5736.

3/8 FUNERALS:

Catherine Lorene Brison, 73, of Henderson, Services at 2 p.m. today at Grand View Funeral Home in Pasadena.

Claud L. Gregory, 71, of Dayton, Services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

Irene E. Johnson Dunman, 80, of Anahuac, Services at 3 p.m. tomorrow at 1st Baptist Church in Anahuac

**LAKE RELEASE: 1,800 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.40 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.46, THURSDAY, MAR. 07, 2002-

Available information indicates that 40-year-old Curtis Herzer of Humble was attacked by two men at his video arcade on FM 1960 around 11 p.m. Monday. The pair reportedly shot Mr. Herzer twice, then fled with an undisclosed amount of money. Curtis Herzer is the son of Howard and Mary Herzer of Liberty County and the brother of Gary Davis, the owner of Big H Barbecue in Liberty. Mr. Herzer was taken by Lifeflight air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he is now described as being in fair condition.

According to County Clerk "Beanie" Rowland, 476 Chambers County voters have cast ballots early in the March 12th Primaries. The contested races in Chambers County in the Democratic Primary are Pat Fontenot and Gloria J. Turner for County Clerk; David "Bubba" Abernathy, Mary Tarver, Benny Jenkins and Incumbent Judy Edmunds for Precinct #2 County Commissioner; Incumbent John P. McAdams and Wesley King for Precinct #1 J.P. , and Randy Vandeventer and Incumbent Tommy Henry for Precinct #4 J.P. Early voting continues through 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Chambers County Courthouse in Anahuac and the Annexes in Winnie and Mt. Belvieu.

The deadline is rapidly approaching for entries in this year’s Liberty Jubilee Photo Contest. All photos must be entered by Friday March 15th and an entry of $3 per picture is required. All entries must be matted and the work of amateur photographers. The best overall entry will win a $50 cash prize. The categories are landscape, nature, people, digital imagery and miscellaneous. For more information on the Photo Contest, call 336-3684.

The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge will conduct a workshop called "Women in the Outdoors" this Saturday for all ladies age 14 and over. There will be courses in kayaking, fly fishing, mapping and compassing, outdoor cooking, basic camping and much more. The cost to participate is $45 and includes all equipment as well as lunch. For more information, call the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge at 409-267-8347.

3/7 FUNERAL: Mary Lucille Culpepper, 74, of Dayton, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Edmonds Funeral Home in Jackson Parish, Louisiana.

**LAKE RELEASE: 1,800 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.40 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.45, WEDNESDAY, MAR. 06, 2002-

The Dayton City Council Monday night authorized City Attorney Neal Iverson to file suit against Liberty County over rules of subdivision development. The council vote was unanimous in favor of the civil suit, but since Council Members and Dayton City Manager Robert Ewart have been advised not to discuss the pending legal action, it is unclear what the City of Dayton is hoping to accomplish. Several Council Members have been unhappy with the county’s rural subdivision policies, since the city’s recent annexations will incorporate some of those subdivisions in to the Dayton City Limits.

Assistant D.A. Michael Mark said Earnest James Bradford III, 25, pled guilty to 4 felony charges including assaulting a Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy in Judge J.C. Zbranek’s 75th District Court and was sentenced to a total 12 years in prison on Jan. 31st. In September 2001, the Liberty man reportedly fled in his vehicle from a Precinct #2 Deputy Constable who suspected him of having a suspended driver’s license. A half-mile later, Bradford struck a Liberty County Patrol Car driven by Deputy Craig McCown who suffered a leg injury from the impact. The suspect was chased on foot and caught by a trained police dog in a field off Hwy 90 in Liberty, before being apprehended.

Dayton Police report that Jason Arthur Schmidt, 26, was arrested on a felony charge of Injury to a Child after Children’s Protective Services workers called to his home alleged the man struck his 5-year-old son in the face. Mr. Schmidt is currently awaiting bond and could face up to 10 years in prison.

Advance tickets are now available for $6 each for the Liberty Jubilee Street Dance on Friday March 22nd with "The Posse" opening for featured performer Chris Wells. For more information call the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce at 336-5736. Tickets at the gate will be $8 each.

3/6 FUNERALS:

Dewey Martin George, 58, of Dayton, Services held yesterday.

Mabel Kathryn Johnson, 90, Dayton, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

Agnes Lacour, 90, formerly of Liberty, Graveside services at 2 p.m. today at Fairlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Liberty.

**LAKE RELEASE: 1,800 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.18 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.44, TUESDAY, MAR. 05, 2002-

Dayton Police Officer Tommy Nail said 31-year-old Christy Landers of Dayton was pulling on to Hwy 90 from Lowe Street around 9 a.m. yesterday when she struck a vehicle driven by Berrard Barilleaux, 48, of Lafayette, Louisiana. The Dayton woman was transported by Lifeflight air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with possible neck and leg injuries. Mr. Barilleaux did not require medical treatment.

An investigation by the Liberty Fire Department indicates that the fire that destroyed the old Burch Lumber Co. building on FM 563 at Hwy 90 in Liberty Sunday afternoon was probably started by a electrical sparks at the meter outside the structure. As reported, electricity to the 5,000 square foot building had been turned off but investigators believe high winds caused sparking at the meter wires which ignited the roof of the old warehouse. The members of three fire departments worked to control and contain the blaze. The building’s owner, Voris R. Burch Jr. said that clean up work at the fire site is to begin soon.

Liberty County Clerk Delia Sellars reports that as of 4 p.m. yesterday, 1,395 people have voted early for the March 12th Primary Elections. This is the final week for early voting, daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Liberty County Courthouse and the Cleveland Courthouse Annex, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dayton ISD Administration Offices today through Friday. There will also be an extra early voting opportunity from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Tarkington Junior High School.

The Liberty County Chapter of the American Red Cross will sponsor the 4th Annual Dr. Reese Brown Sporting Clay Event this Saturday at the new Pecan Meadows Sporting Center in Hardin. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with competition at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost to shoot in the fundraiser is $60 per person or $300 per 5-person team. There will also be a drawing for a $5,000 customized shooter’s cart and a silent auction. Food and drinks are free for all participants and all proceeds benefit the Red Cross here in Liberty County. For more information on the event call Kelly Burmaster at 336-2887.

3/5 FUNERAL: Ida Marie Adkison, 74, of Anahuac, Services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

**LAKE RELEASE: 1,800 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 10.16 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.43, MONDAY, MAR. 04, 2002-

Three Fire Departments helped control a structure fire on FM 563 at Highway 90 in Liberty yesterday afternoon. A passerby reported that there was a lot of smoke in the Old Burch Lumber Company building. By the time the first fire fighter arrived, the 5000 Square foot building was completely engulfed in flames. Realizing the old building was already destroyed, fire fighters from The Liberty Fire Department, with help from both the Dayton and Hardin Volunteer Fire Departments kept the fire from spreading to any nearby structures. After the fire was extinguished, the City of Liberty knocked down the portions of the structure still standing for safety reasons. Liberty Fire Chief Jaime Galloway said the cause is still under investigation.

A District Judge in Austin ruled against a lawsuit by attorney’s representing both Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties to stop placing the 55 Mile Per Hour Speed Limit Signs. The Attorneys, stating the 2 Counties are being unfairly punished for being near Harris County, said they will appeal the decision. Both Liberty and Chambers Counties are included in the area that is to be affected by the drop in speed limits. As of now, the Texas Department of Transportation in Beaumont will begin placing the signs in mid-March. The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission order says all of the signs must be up on all state roadways by May 1st.

Two Hardin Fire Fighters required medical treatment at a grass fire off County Road 2071 yesterday. Hardin Fire Chief Sean Webb said it took nearly 2 hours for his department, along with the Tarkington, Hull-Daisetta, and Batson Volunteer Fire Departments, along with the Liberty County Wildlands Task Force to control the flames, which engulfed nearly 4 acres of land. 2 Fire fighters were treated for smoke inhalation. Chief Webb said both were treated and released at the scene.

The Hardin Hornets were eliminated from the state class 2A Basketball Playoffs Friday Night at Tyler Junior College. The Hornets lost to the Frankston Indians 61 to 52. We are told, that regional semi-final game was the furthest any Hardin Boys Basketball Team has advanced in post-season play.

3/4 FUNERAL: Michael Wayne Watson, 23 of Hull. Services were held yesterday at the Allison Funeral Home in Liberty.

**LAKE RELEASE: 4,800 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 9.79 ASL**

-VOLUME 17 NO.42, FRIDAY, MAR. 01, 2002-

Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Davison said Michael Wayne Watson, 23, of Hull was working to train horses with his father in a pasture behind their home yesterday afternoon when the animal he was riding reared back and fell on top of him. In spite of the efforts of Liberty County EMS Technicians who rushed the man to Liberty-Dayton Hospital, Michael Watson died of his injuries at the hospital shortly thereafter.

A Chambers County jury found R.B. Deblanc, 42, of Stowell guilty of 1st Degree Murder on Wednesday in the March 2001 shooting death of his 21-year-old stepson, Brian Nichols. Assistant District Attorney Steve Green said Deblanc was alleged to have shot the young man with a 30.06 rifle then fired shots at his wife and stepdaughter. Brian Nichols died in the hospital 5 days later. Sentencing is set for April 9th in Judge Carroll Wilburn’s 344th District Court. R.B. Deblanc faces a sentence of from 5 to 99 years in prison.

According to statistics from the Texas Secretary of State’s web site early voting for the March Primary Elections is off to a roaring start, particularly in Liberty County. Through late Wednesday 721 Democrats have cast early ballots and 100 Republicans have voted early. Voting boxes #10 and #22, both in Dayton, produced most of the early Democratic votes. In fact, more people have voted early in Liberty County, than in Dallas County, the second or third most populous county in the state.

Just another reminder to City of Liberty residents to have flashlight batteries on hand as the city is planning a power outage to begin shortly before midnight tonight that is expected to last from 2 to 4 hours into tomorrow morning. Technicians will be installing necessary safety equipment to substation transformers and those with special medical needs should make any necessary arrangements. The Electric Dept. asks that all non-emergency calls should be directed to Liberty City Hall at 336-3684 and 911 reserved for true emergency use only.

3/1 FUNERAL: Daniel Stanley, 77, of Highlands, Services at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling White Chapel in Highlands. ** Nancy Norris Bonner, 66, of Farmersville, Services at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Bethel Assembly of God Church in Liberty.

**LAKE RELEASE: 1,800 CFS * LIBERTY BRIDGE: 8.71 ASL**

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