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November 2010

VOLUME 25 NO. 224 TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

 

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Hurricane Season: The 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season ends today. Experts at NOAA's National Weather Service said while it was one of the most active seasons on record, fortunately most storms avoided the United States. In the Atlantic Basin, there were 19 named storms, tied for third most on record. Twelve became hurricanes, tied for second highest on the books. Five reached major hurricane status of Category 3 of higher. For comparison, the average storm season produces 11 named storms. Of those, six are hurricanes and two become major hurricanes. The 2010 season continues the string of active hurricane seasons dating back to 1995.

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Black Friday Good: Local retail merchants report a great start to the holiday shopping season. Liberty Wal-Mart Store Manager Ron Olson said "Black Friday" sales were better this year than in the past two, while the Shoe Show and Palais Royal stores in Liberty, as well as the Vineyard in Dayton also saw impressive sales on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Most said sales remained steady through the weekend.

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Mailing Deadline: Friday December 10th is the last day to send packages by Priority Mail through the U.S. Postal Service to most military addresses worldwide in time for a pre-Christmas Day delivery. That's also the deadline to get cards and letters to military destinations through First Class Mail. The lone exception is for military mail addressed to Army Post Office and Fleet Post Office A.E. Zip 093. That deadline for Priority Mail and First Class mail is this Friday, December 3.

****************************************************Inmate Escape: The wrong man was released from Liberty County Jail Sunday afternoon and quickly disappeared. Now, Ron Welch is back in custody after turning himself in. Liberty County Sheriff's Spokesman Steve Green said the 21-year-old has now been charged with felony escape. Prior to his short-lived freedom, he was being held on charges of burglary and probation revocation.

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Obituaries: Ammie "Sissie" Eretta Deckert, 76, of Hull. Service is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Faith & Family. John "J.W." Wilford Loftin Jr. of Orange. Private family service held Monday under direction of Pace-Stancil.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.89 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 223 MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

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County Christmas: The Annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Country Christmas is tomorrow in Liberty and then Thursday in Dayton. It all starts with a lighted Christmas parade. Activities in both towns include entertainment, a snowfield play area for little kids, pictures with Santa, face-painting, moonwalks, and much more. Festivities in Liberty will take place around City Hall while events in Dayton are at the new Dayton Community Center. All activities are free. For information, call the Chamber at 936-336-5736.

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Dayton Bows Out: After an outstanding gridiron season, the Dayton Broncos playoff run came to an end on Saturday when the Lamarque Cougars topped the Broncos 23-3 in a regional contest. The Broncos of District 19-4A won the league championship this year for the 10th time in the past 15 years. Coach Jerry Stewart's charges have earned a playoff berth in all 15 of his seasons at Dayton. On Friday night, the Cameron Yoeman beat East Chambers 45-29 in Class 2A. Then in the Class 3A playoffs, Coldspring topped Kirbyville 27-20.

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Salvation Army Honors: Salvation Army recently honored some Liberty County volunteers. Top regional leaders for Salvation Army recognized Liberty Mayor Carl Picket who chaired local efforts for decades. Marhsa LaFour of Prosperity Bank was recognized as longtime local treasurer. First Liberty National Bank was honored for helping with fund-raising efforts, and Charles Wiggins accepted that award. Also recognized were the current Liberty County Salvation Army Committee that includes Diane Huddleston, Brenda Cone and Brandon Davis.

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Bikes for Christmas: The distribution day for the Liberty County Bikes for Christmas program is December 19. This year, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by helicopter at the new Dayton Community Center to deliver bikes, toys, coats, gloves and school supplies to children who need them. All the children to receive gifts have been selected by a special committee. Tax-deductible monetary donations are needed to make it all possible. Drop off your financial gift to Milam Discount Tire in Liberty, Liberty County EMS in Daisetta, and KSHN in Liberty.

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Obituaries: Charles Otis Chapman, 77. Service is 2 p.m. Tuesday Palms Memorial Park under direction of Sterling.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.17 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 222 WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

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Stabbing: Liberty County Sheriffs Dep. Public Information Officer Steve Greene said witnesses report Roy Dale Alpers stabbed himself Tuesday morning just after 8 a.m. When Liberty County EMS arrived, emergency medical personnel report the man was already dead. Justice of the Peace #3 Cody Parrish ordered an autopsy. Cody Parrish said he left the determination of the cause of death to the medical examiners office.

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Hospital District: The Liberty County Hospital District board met Monday night and named Marilyn Darbonne as the newest board member. She will replace Sissy Drake who resigned her position on the taxing entity's board in July of this year. In addition, Monday night, board members named Paul Henry, Bruce Stratton and Joanne Smith as the members of the Liberty County Hospital District #1 corporation, the entity that actually owns the Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center.

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Wreck Update: We reported that Cody Ferguson, 19, was killed in a crash Sunday morning. A young girl, 16-year-old Tory Burnet remains in critical condition with injuries that include a severe head injury. DPS reports Tory Burnet and Cody Ferguson were not wearing seat belts and both were ejected from the vehicle. Two others in the car, Tory's brother Hunter Burnet, and Jarrett Kelly both age 19, were wearing safety restraints and while they had serious injuries, are expected to recover.

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Train vs. Truck: Dayton Police Sgt. Doug O'Quinn said it was just after 6 p.m. Monday when a pickup truck driven by Greg Oines stalled on the railroad tracks at the Winfree St. crossing. With a train approaching, Mr. Oines and his passengers, Robert Lloyd and Linda Cartwright got out of the truck. Sgt. O'Quinn said Greg Oines made the poor decision to go back and try to start the truck one more time. He was inside when the train struck. He was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital but his injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

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Obituaries: Coby Ray Holder, 20 of Liberty. Services today at 11 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Yvonne Marie Paul, 74 of Los Angeles, California, formerly of Dayton. A memorial service will be held in Long Beach CA, December 4th. Debra Lee Cochran, 55 of Dayton. No service is planned.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.17 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 221 TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2010

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St. Rep. Otto: State Representative John Otto of Dayton has filed House Joint Resolution # 5. That resolution would be an amendment to the Texas constitution, that, if approved by lawmakers and then Texas voters, would require the state comptroller to transfer sales and use tax revenues to the states rainy day fund when the increase in those revenues exceed the average rate of growth for the previous 20 years. Rep Otto said his amendment would smooth out revenue fluctuations and save money during the good economic times as opposed to having that money immediately available to spend.

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Playoff Fun: KSHN has reported the 9-3 Dayton Broncos will face the 8-3 LaMarque Cougars Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Tully Stadium. Advance tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Those can be purchased today at the Dayton Administration building on Cherry Creek Road. As a reminder, district facilities close early today and remain closed through Friday. With that in mind, tickets will be available today tomorrow and then on Friday at FLNB Dayton Financial Center during normal banking hours. All tickets at the gate will be $7.

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Community Meals: Once again, a local church is hosting free Thanksgiving meal for the community. Trinity Baptist Church in Dayton invites everyone to their free community wide Thanksgiving dinner Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can eat at the church, get a meal to go or holiday meals of turkey and all the trimmings will be delivered, all free of charge. If you would like a meal delivered call 258-3155.

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Thanksgiving Closings: Thursday is Thanksgiving Day and the Liberty County courthouse will close at noon tomorrow and remain closed the remainder of the week for the Holiday. The city offices in Liberty, Dayton and Cleveland will be closed both Thursday and Friday of this week. Banks and post offices will be closed countywide Thursday only. Waste Management Garbage service will not run on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, but will resume regular service Friday in all three major cities.

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Obituaries: Albert Edward Sager Jr, 92 of Huffman. Graveside services, with military honors are today at 2 p.m. in Huffman Cemetery.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 7.06 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 220 MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

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Man Found Dead: A 20-year-old Liberty County man was found hanging from an A-frame structure on C.R. 166 Sunday morning. Authorities say Coby Ray Holder took his own life. Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Bobby Rader said the sheriff's department was alerted by a passerby who saw the man hanging from that A-frame located between Coby Holder's house and one belonging to his mother. Judge Rader said no foul play is suspected, but an autopsy was ordered to determine the possible presence of alcohol and/or drugs.

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Fatality Wreck: A Liberty County teenager died Friday morning in a one-vehicle accident on FM 770 about five miles south of U.S. 90. According to the DPS accident report, 18-year-old Cody Ray Curry was traveling south on FM 770 when he veered off the roadway and overcorrected. The teen was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. The victim was a 2010 graduate of Liberty High School.

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Dayton Rolls on in Playoffs: The Dayton Broncos will play the LaMarque Cougars in a regional state playoff game Saturday at 2 p.m. in Tully Stadium. The Broncos defeated Kingwood Park 49-17 last Saturday while LaMarque beat Yates 31-23. Advance tickets for this Dayton-LaMaruqe regional match-up are $6 for adults and $4 for students today and tomorrow at the administration building. At the gate, tickets are $7.

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4-H Riders: The Liberty County 4-H Mounted Drill Team defeated Oklahoma's top youth team at the American Quarter Horse Association World Show in Oklahoma City on Friday. The winner was crowned based on votes from the crowd and those watching over the Internet.

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Good Citizens: Six Liberty County high school students have been honored as Good Citizens by the Libertad Chapter, DAR. One girl from each Liberty County high school was selected based on dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Those Good Citizens include Ember Ainsworth of Liberty High School, Mary Fielder from Dayton, and Jacylnn Rush of Cleveland. Also honored was Sydney Lauren of Hardin, Katelyn McCreight from Hull-Daisetta and Leah Ebner of Tarkington High. Honorees received a savings bond, medal and a certificate.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.95 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 219 FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

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Broncos vs. Kingwood: Dayton will line up against the Kingwood Park Panthers tomorrow in the area round of the state playoffs. Kick off is at 2 p.m. in Conroe ISD's Woodforest Bank Stadium, which is actually located in Shenandoah. Both Dayton and Kingwood Park enter round two sporting 8-3 records overall. Taking a closer look, Dayton started the year with three pre-district losses to large school powerhouse programs before rumbling through district undefeated to claim the 19-4A title. The Kingwood Park Panthers finished third in district 18-4A behind Humble and Willis. All three of Kingwood Park's losses came in district action. Advance tickets are available at the Dayton administration building during normal business hours, $5 for adults and $3 for students. Everyone pays $7 at the gate. If you cannot make it to the game, listen to KSHN Fm 99.9 or on line at www.kshn.com.

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Light Up for Christmas: The Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Country Christmas celebration is right around the corner and committee members are urging all of us to "light up" for the holidays. All businesses who are interested in the C-7 or C-9 strings of lights for their buildings should measure their building for the length needed and then place your order through the Liberty Dayton Chamber. These lights are sold at cost to the chamber plus freight. If you don't want the larger lights, chamber board members are still asking members of the community to decorate for the upcoming parades and holidays in both Liberty November 30 and Dayton on December 2.

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Jingle Bell Ball: Saturday December 11, the Liberty Elks Lodge will hold its fifth annual Jingle Bell Ball. Volunteer Margie Powell said organizers are registering special needs participants for this free fun filled holiday party. Kevin Ladd, also a volunteer said the Elks Lodge is asking sponsors to make this event possible. Financial contributions in any amount will assist in making this a holiday extravaganza for special needs individuals. To volunteer, register or donate, call Margie Powell at 334-2678.

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Funerals: Angel Josette Arceneaux, 12 of Channelview. Services tomorrow at 11 a.m. at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church in Barrett Station.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.77 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 218 THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

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LISD Recount: Following yesterday's recount of the votes cast in the Proposition #1 LISD bond election November 2, the measure has failed. Liberty resident Crystal Jeffrey originally filed the required documents, deposit and petition that contained more than the 25 signatures it takes to put the recount in motion last week. The recount was held yesterday and was conducted by a five - member recount committee. The final vote total following the recount was 1009 in favor and 1018 opposed. Board President Lloyd Pierce said they were disappointed.

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Otto on State Shortfall: Texas lawmakers will be facing a budget shortfall this coming legislative session estimated between $20 and $25 billion. State Representative John Otto said an exact figure would not be known until the comptroller's office figures is released in January. However, he said the latest projections don't take into account the roughly $6 billion in one time federal stimulus money that legislators knew two years ago would not be available in 2011. The Dayton republican said he agreed with the option of dipping into the states' roughly $8 billion "rainy day" fund, but felt there are not enough signs the economy has steadied to justify using all of the states savings during a single legislative session.

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Justice of Dog in River: In September Liberty County man, Shane Rushing, was accused of throwing a dog off the U.S. 90, Trinity River Bridge in Liberty. On Monday, a jury in the Liberty County Court at Law found him guilty and sentenced him to 180 days in jail and the maximum fine of $4,000. City of Liberty Animal Control Officer Tammy Bishop testified in the case, with the rescued dog by her side. The dog remains at the Liberty Animal Shelter awaiting adoption. If you can provide a good home for this lucky pup, call 936-336-5666.

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Local Shooter among Best: 11-year-old Dayton resident, Jacob Hill placed second in state for his age division at the recent Texas Parks and Wildlife hosted invitational shooting event. Jacob Hill is a third year shooter for Liberty County's 4-H Shotgun team. His parents are Laura and Wayne Hill of Dayton.

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Funerals: Vera Merle Blaha Wiggins, 76 of Liberty. Memorial service Saturday at 11 a.m. at Liberty Church of Christ.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.72 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 217 WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010

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LISD Education Foundation: Recently the Liberty Education Foundation kicked off their 2010–2011 fundraising drive by honoring their top contributors. The Century Club award goes to those who donated $10,000 or more and those donors include the Liberty County Farm Bureau, Joan Jeffery and Family, Susan and B.W. Dunagan, Kathleen Dunagan, and Dr. Reese and Sara Brown. In addition, a Century Club award went to First Liberty National Bank, the Children and families of Dr. C.W. and Aggie Castle, Rick and Staci McGuire, the Children and Family of Dahlia Cook McManus, and Jack Hartel and family. Also honored were Norman and Brenda Dykes following at $15,000 contribution. Several others where awarded a bronze presentation for their donations of $1,000 and finally the Liberty Lions Club was recognized as a gold partner for $5,000 in donations since the foundation was established in 2007.

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Dayton City Council: Dayton City Council met Monday night, approving on a 3 to 2 split, allocating $1,000 to the Dayton Senior Citizens group to help cover costs of toys and clothes for underprivileged children. The Dayton senior group is partnering with the Liberty County Bikes for Christmas program to make Christmas brighter for needy kids in south Liberty County. The motion passed with council members Jay Knight, Felix Skarpa and "Frosty" Pruitt voting for it. Ricky Brown and Bill Gay voted against it, saying while Bikes for Christmas is a wonderful program and a good cause they felt the city contributing to it through the senior group was an inappropriate use of tax dollars.

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Dayton Lions Club Auction: A long standing annual tradition continues here at KSHN radio this Thursday evening and Saturday morning. It's the Dayton Noon Lions Club radio auction. Once again, members of the local service club will be on the air at 99.9 FM to auction off a wide variety of goods and services donated by businesses and individuals to raise money for their many community projects. If you would like to donate an item to the auction, call 258-3522 or 258-2233.

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Obituaries: Thelma Wyles Largent, 94 of Liberty. Visitation service Saturday 5 to 7 p.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Joe Pete Willis Sr., 87 of Batson. Services today at 2 p.m. in Daisetta United Pentecostal Church.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.63 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 216 TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

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LISD Recount: According to Liberty Co. Clerk Delia Sellers, the county's responsibility on the Liberty ISD recount of votes on the Bond Election Proposition #1 is to print off ballots cast by machine and paper from Election Day and deliver them to LISD. Trustee Pres. Lloyd Pierce has named a five-person committee to do the recount, assisted by custodian of the records, Linda Iler. The recount will be in the school administration building tomorrow at 11 AM. The public is welcome in the building but except for the committee must remain at least 30 feet from the counting area. Confirmed on the recount committee are Denise Barkis, Susan Allison, and Haskell Gossett. Two others have been asked but have not yet accepted.

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Bull Attack: Sunday afternoon, emergency personnel were called to CR 3011 for reports of a man being gored by a bull. Tarkington VFD Assistant Chief Dalton Gregory, told us that James Dousay, in his mid 40's had been gored by a bull in the groin area, and had severe damage to the femoral artery. Reports indicate, before emergency crews could get the man on the transport helicopter, he went into cardiac arrest due to blood loss. Medical professionals, both in the ambulance and at Cleveland Regional Medical Center, were able to stabilize Mr. Dousay enough that he could be flown to Houston for surgery.

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Hospital Upgrades: We have reported recently that many services unavailable for years will be returning to the Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center. That includes surgical procedures at the local hospital. Vickie Gates is Interim Administrator for the Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center. She said work has already begun to renovate the long unused surgical facilities in preparation to scheduling those services early next year. Ms. Gates said another change would be moving the 24-hour hospital emergency room back to its original location on the Travis St. side of the building.

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Burn Ban: The burn ban for Liberty Co. was lifted yesterday at 4 p.m. by Liberty Co. Judge Phil Fitzgerald.

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Obituaries: Francis Jeanette Berryman Warburton Luksovsky, 76. Memorial service Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.58 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 215 MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

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LISD Bond Recount: Before the week is out, Liberty ISD and county election officials must conduct a recount of the votes cast for and against Proposition 1 in the November 2 election. That proposition asked for $12.081 million to renovate all four Liberty school campuses. It failed by just four votes based on election day tallies. On Friday, Crystal Jeffrey filed the required documents, deposit and petition that contained more than the 25 signatures it takes to put the recount in motion. Now, LISD election officials will work with the county clerk's office to conduct that recount before Friday's deadline.

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Sales Tax Payments: After more than a year of downturns in retail sales tax collections, payments made to cities in Liberty County have now been up three months in a row. Statewide, sales tax receipts are up 8.1 percent compared to a year ago. It's the 7th straight months for increased payments for the state. As a reminder, sales taxes collected in September are sent to the state in October and arrive at cities and counties in November. Looking at individual towns in Liberty County, the city of Liberty is up 15.03 percent for November. Dayton rose 17.73 percent while Cleveland climbed 3.25 percent. Countywide, sales tax payments were up 12.71 percent for the month.

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Chamber Maps: The new Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce maps are now available at locations throughout south Liberty County. These maps are full-color and include detailed street maps of Liberty, Dayton, Kenefick, Hardin, Hull and Daisetta. There is also a full-colored county map with directory index. Maps are available at the Liberty-Dayton Chamber, FLNB, People's Building Center, Liberty County Tack and other businesses who advertised on these new maps.

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Playoff Football: Dayton won a 28-24 playoff thriller over the Livingston Lions Saturday. Now, the Broncos advance to area to play the Kingwood Park Panthers. That game kicks off Saturday at 2 p.m. in Conroe ISD's Woodforest Bank Stadium, which is actually located in Shenandoah. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students at the administration building during normal business hours. Everyone at the gate pays $7. In other playoff action from this past weekend, West Orange Stark downed Liberty 63-7. Normangee topped Hull-Daisetta 42-14.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.48 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 214 FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 2010

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Playoff Action: Tonight, the Liberty Panthers make their first step into the playoffs as they travel to Provost Umphrey Stadium on the Lamar Campus in Beaumont to take on West Orange Stark. That games kicks off at 7:30 p.m., pre-game goes on the air at 7:15 and online. The Hull Daisetta Bobcats take on the Normangee Friday at 7:30 at Mustang Stadium on FM 1774 in Magnolia. The game will be broadcast online at www.kshn.com. The Barbers Hill Eagles also head into the playoffs, taking on Port Neches Groves at Carroll Thomas Stadium in Beaumont. That game will be online, click the Eagles logo. Kick off 7:30 p.m. The Dayton Broncos play tomorrow night in Carroll Thomas Stadium in Beaumont against the Livingston Lions. Kick off at 7 p.m., pre-game 6:45. The Bronco's game will be available on KSHN radio and online at www.kshn.com.

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Bikes For Christmas: Liberty County Bikes for Christmas is asking for your help. Each year, hundreds of kids, carefully selected by a committee will get a new bicycle, toys for their siblings, coats, and gloves as in the past. Organizers say they have added, this year, backpacks with school supplies. One of the founders of Liberty County Bikes for Christmas, David Milam said they need help from local citizens to pay for all of this. Because of economic conditions, donations are down, and they will not be able to help as many children as in the past, but they will do the best they can for hundreds of local kids. Gifts to the 501 C3 organization are tax deductible. Checks to help should be made out to "Liberty County Bikes for Christmas". They can be dropped off at either Liberty County EMS station on 770 in Daisettta, at Milam Discount Tire in Liberty, the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, the Liberty Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, or KSHN Radio in Liberty.

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Shipping Deadlines: Today is the deadline for shipping packages to loved ones in the military by regular mail. For information, go to www.usps.com

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Obituaries: Curtis Carmona, 20 of Galveston, formerly of Dayton. Memorial service Saturday 2 p.m. in Mount Gelead Baptist Church in Galveston. Linda Shannon, 58. Memorial service Saturday at 11 a.m. at Victory Baptist Church in Cedar Park, Texas.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 6.29 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 213 WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10, 2010

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Chase: A high-speed chase led to a wreck and the arrest of an 18-year-old Cleveland woman early Tuesday morning. Liberty County Sheriff's Captain Steve Greene said around 12:30 Tuesday morning, Deputy Ricardo Aguilar reports he saw the teen fail to stop at a stop sign at the corner of CR 388 and U.S. 59. Then, instead of pulling over, Fabiola Garcia reportedly ignored the deputy's emergency lights and siren while fleeing at speeds of at least 100 miles per hour. The teen lost control of her vehicle and crashed. Captain Greene said Fabiola Garcia was charged with evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, and was cited for no drivers license, no proof of financial responsibility and disregard of a stop sign.

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Fire: Fire destroyed an abandoned mobile home in the South Liberty Oil Field Monday night. Liberty Fire Chief Fred Collins said his department arrived at a fire call on the backside of Pecan Loop just before 11 p.m. Monday to find a trailer, an add-on structure and an out building engulfed in flames. The Hardin Volunteer Fire Department was called for mutual assistance. Mary Smith owns that property. Firefighters say she had not lived at that location for many years.

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Tax Statements: Liberty County Tax Collector / Assessor Mark McClelland said the county mailed out all property tax statements in October, and if property owners have not already received their statement, they should call his Liberty Office. Mark McClelland said taxpayers have until January 21, 2011 to pay property taxes without penalty. The local tax collector reminds taxpayers it is their responsibility to pay property taxes on time, even if a taxpayer has not received a statement. If you have not received your statement, call 936-336-4633.

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Burn Ban: Yesterday, Liberty County Commissioners on the advice of County Fire Marshal Jim Wilson continued the ban against outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of Liberty County.

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Obituaries: Robert Clint Alexander, 50 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Walton Leon Eichelberger, 68 of Dayton. Services tomorrow 2 p.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 2,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.32 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 212 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2010

Fire: A travel trailer and two trucks were destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon near Tarkington. It was shortly after 1 p.m. when firefighters responded to a fire on a deer lease behind the Tarkington Mobile Home Park off FM 2518. When they arrived, they found a travel trailer, 2 pickup trucks and nearly two acres of pasture and brush ablaze. Tarkington Assistant chief Dalton Gregory said the owners of the trailer and trucks had been hunting and got back as the firefighters were putting out the last of the flames. The hunters told investigators there was no electrical power to the trailer and their generator ran out of fuel the night before. Liberty Co. Fire Marshal Jim Wilson said it was a tough one to investigate because of its rarity. Refrigerators in small campers like this one have ammonia-fired igniters to operate. They must be maintained by keeping filters clean and other maintenance. Because of the lack of care, the igniter kept firing until it caught fire spreading through the camper and to the nearby vehicles.

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4-H Team: The Liberty County 4-H Mounted Drill team has been invited to compete against the top Oklahoma team at the American Quarter Horse Association World Show on November 19 at the fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. Drill Master Tommy Small said although this is an outstanding honor, it is also one the team was unprepared for financially. As a result, they are asking the community for financial contributions. Donations can be made to the Liberty County 4-H Drill Team at Prosperity Bank in either Liberty or Dayton. Financial gifts can also be dropped off at the Agri-Life Extension office or call Tommy Small at 936-402-3902.

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Chambers County Playoffs: All three Chambers County high school football teams have earned a berth into the state playoffs. The Barbers Hill Eagles will take on the Port Neches-Groves Indians Friday night at 7:30 at Carroll Thomas Stadium in Beaumont at Ford Park. The Anahuac Panthers are up against the Jefferson Bulldogs Friday at 7:30 p.m. That game will be at Lumberjack Stadium in Diboll. East Chambers earned a bye in the first round of the state playoffs.

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Broncos: The Dayton Bronco's Football game this Saturday night will preempt the UT vs. Oklahoma game. You can hear the UT game on 610 AM out of Houston.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.32 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 211 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2010

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Fire: A Friday morning fire destroyed the repair shop of a well-known local business. Kemp Computers was housed in a small shop on what is known as the McCarty family compound on FM 1011 in North Liberty. It was shortly after 11 a.m. Friday that a family member spotted flames coming from the 900-square-foot frame structure. The nearby homes were not damaged, but the structure and contents of Kemp Computers was destroyed.

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For a Good Cause: KSHN reported months ago on the generous assistance of Oscar Cooper and Cooper Electric in getting the helipad shipshape at Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center. Now, we can tell you Oscar has stepped up again, this time providing necessary repair work to the livestock barn at the Trinity Valley Exposition. Cooper Electric agreed to provide the necessary parts at cost. Then, the company donated the equipment and manpower necessary to do the work. One estimate placed the project cost at $11,000, but Cooper Electric charged TVE just $900 for parts and then donated all the rest.

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Lady Hornets: The Hardin Lady Hornets volleyball team will play regional quarterfinal match tomorrow. Hardin will take on the Woodville Lady Eagles Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the gym at Ozen High School located at 3443 Fannett Road in Beaumont.

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Football Playoffs: The regular season of high school football ended over the weekend with three teams from Liberty County capturing spots in post-season action. The Dayton Broncos will play the Livingston Lions this Saturday night at 7 in the new Beaumont Athletic Complex, also known as Carroll Thomas Stadium at Ford Park along I-10. The Liberty Panthers take on West Orange Stark on Friday at 7:30 at Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont. Hull-Daisetta is going up against the Normangee Panthers Friday at 7:30 at Magnolia West Mustang Stadium on FM 1774 in Magnolia.

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Fall Market: The Keep Cleveland Beautiful Committee is hosting its second Fall Market this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cleveland Civic Center. Organizers say it will be a day of fun, entertainment and holiday shopping. Admission is free. Vendors interested in leasing a booth space for Cleveland's Fall Market should call Kim at 281-592-2667.

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*LAKE RELEASE: 1,000 CFS LIBERTY BRIDGE: 5.38 ASL*

VOLUME 25 NO. 210 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010

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LISD Bond Issue Irregularities: Liberty school officials say they are looking into what may be irregularities in Tuesday's voting. That includes a recount of the votes cast on Proposition #1, which was defeated by only a 4-vote margin. Prop 1 was for $12 million for construction and renovations to all four-Liberty campuses. Liberty ISD Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lusignolo said one curious note is that prop 1 appears to have been defeated by voting in a single precinct. She said the precinct #6 voting box at Calvary Baptist Church showed 280 people voting on Tuesday; usually the number of voters at that precinct is closer to 20. The Liberty school superintendent said voting at that one precinct was almost two to one against prop one.

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No Increase: It was expected, but now it's official, for the second year in a row, social security beneficiaries will not be getting a cost of living increase to the monthly benefits. David Bowman of the Beaumont Office of Social Security said this is the first time since social security began adding annual cost of living increases that two years have passed without any. If there is a bright side, there will be no increase to Medicare premiums this year for those already receiving benefits as of 2010.

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$4 Mill: After meeting with contractors and seeing their ideas, the Liberty County Hospital District changed there loan request to the US department of agriculture from $3 million to $4 million. District Board President Bruce Stratton said in addition to the physical upgrades to the hospital building, they need to pay off past due taxes to the county and past due utilities to the City of Liberty. There are also equipment purchases planned should this loan be approved, and upgrades to the emergency room as well. Bruce Stratton said they still expect to hear whether they have been approved for the loan in about 90 days.

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Football: Liberty vs. Coldspring @ home. Dayton vs. C.E. King on the road. Both broadcast live on KSHN radio and online. Hardin vs. Anahuac @ Hardin. Hull Daisetta vs. West Sabine on the road. Barbers Hill vs. Crosby on the road. Hardin, Hull Daisetta and Barbers Hill online www.kshn.com

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Obituaries: Martha Jane Bush, 69 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 209 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010

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T.V.E Sales Totals: It has taken some time, but the final total of this year's Trinity Valley Exposition Youth Livestock Auction including add-ons is complete. It is good news for those who found the initial totals disappointing. Now with all the add-ons figured in, the Youth Livestock sale total actually tops last year's number. The final total is $266,482. That is up approximately $57,000 over the 2009 T.V.E Youth Livestock auction.

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LISD Bond Failure: Liberty school officials say they are still reeling from the shock and disappointment over the failure, for the second time, of the district's proposed $18 million bond issue. Proposition #1, for $12 million for construction and renovations to all four Liberty campuses, failed by the narrowest margin, just 4 votes. Liberty school trustee Lloyd Pierce said it was the failure of Prop #1 that is most disappointing. He said the issue is far from over, and the problems with the district facilities are only going to get worse.

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LHS Class Earns Five Grand: We learned from Bruce Burnham, President of BJ Ford in Liberty, that 250 licensed drivers took the time to come to Liberty High School to participate in the Ford Motor Company "drive one for your school" promotion. It was the second time the local promotion has been held in which Ford, working through the local dealer, gave $20 to the Liberty high senior class for each person that did a test drive of one of their new cars or trucks. The first one, held in May, raised $4,000. This time, with 50 more people showing up, the class of 2011 earned $5,000 for project graduation.

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$3 Mill for Hospital: We reported the Liberty County Hospital District has applied for a loan through the US department of Agriculture. District board President Bruce Stratton said some of those funds would be used to relocate the Emergency Room back to its original location facing North Travis. In addition, they plan to use part of the $3 million loan, if approved to remodel the old ER waiting room to allow for more emergency treatment rooms. They hope to hear about the loan in the next 90 days.

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Obituaries: Mildred Marze Mayo, 92 of Fredericksburg. Services today 11 a.m. at Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church in Merryville, Louisiana.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 208 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010

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Election 2010: With the exception of one race, Liberty County voters gave the Republicans a clean sweep win in yesterday's election. Several incumbents fell, and many new faces will take their place in Liberty County government. In the race for 75th District Judge Republican Mark Morefield with 8,844 votes, defeated Democrat Incumbent C.T. "Rusty" Hight with 7,153.

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In the race for County Judge, it was Craig McNair 11,085, Ken Morrison 4,601. There was no incumbent in the County Judge's race. Ken Morrison defeated Phil Fitzgerald in the March primary. County Court at Law: Tommy Chambers 10,293, Zack Zbranek 5,570. Incumbent Judge Don Taylor did not run for reelection.

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The race for District Clerk went to Republican Donna Brown who had 9,421 votes to Democrat incumbent Melody Gilmore's 6,390. In the County Clerk's race Republican Paulette Shivers Williams with 9,080, won over incumbent Delia Sellers 6,686.

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Republican Charlotte Key Warner beat long time Liberty County Commissioner Pct. 2 Lee Groce 2,590 votes to 1,888 Commissioner Pct 4 incumbent Norman Brown held his position defeating Leroy Hanel 2,863 to 1,425.

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In the Justice of the Peace races across the county, republicans took all but one. In the Pct 4 race, it was Barry Graves 3,115, and Glenn Pruitt 1,959. Pct 5 Wade Brown garnered 1,354 votes, defeated Joe McAnally who had 1,082. Pct 6 JP Peggy Dunn was the only Democrat in Liberty County to win her race. She had 1,546 votes to Monty Odom's 1,306.

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Liberty ISD Bond Election: In the 5 proposed sections of the total $18 million bond election for upgrades to Liberty ISD, all five failed. Prop #1: Yes: 1003 No: 1007. Prop #2: Yes: 878 No: 1107. Prop #3: Yes: 841 No: 1140. Prop #4: Yes: 752 No: 1235 Prop #5: Yes: 867 No: 1119.

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Obituaries: Carlos Earl Washburn, 81, of Cleveland. Service is tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist in Cleveland under direction of Pace-Stancil of Cleveland. Lizzie Mae Terrell, 80, of Liberty. Service is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Rose Baptist.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 207 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010

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General Election: Polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to cast ballots in the General Election. The county clerk's office reports voting precincts are the same as two years ago. Information is available on the county website or by calling the clerk's office at 936-336-4670. KSHN will have complete election coverage shortly after the polls close at 7 p.m.

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District Clerk's Office Closed: District Clerk Melody Gilmore has announced that her offices will be closed, to the public, on Election Day, today. This closing is because of that office's close proximity to the Election Day polling place in the courthouse.

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Daylight Savings Time: Daylight Savings Time ends the first Sunday of November. This year, that day is November 7 at 2 a.m. For those who own radio-controlled atomic watches and clocks, the time should automatically adjust. Time should also automatically change on most computers and cell phones. Other clocks and watches will require you to make the change. Remember the old adage, spring forward in the spring, and fall back in the fall. Experts agree, this is also a good time to check the batteries in smoke detectors as well.

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Liberty Halftime Show: The Liberty Band Department invites anyone who wants, to participate with the high school and middle school bands, the dance teams, and cheerleaders at halftime this Friday at Memorial Stadium during the Cold Spring vs. Liberty football game. They will have one rehearsal, today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Liberty High School band practice field at the high school on Jefferson Drive. Parents, friends, family members of former band members can participate, bring your horn, or they will have kazoos for those who would like to participate. Call the band office for more information on today's practice or the performance this Friday 336-6483 ext. 240.

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Obituaries: William Wayne Savage, 58 of Colorado Springs, Co., Services 2 p.m. today at Vista Grand Chapel in Colorado Springs. James Leslie Crockett, Sr., 84 of Dayton. Services tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Walter E. Hanagriff, 67 of Crystal Beach, and formerly of Hardin. A memorial services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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VOLUME 25 NO. 206 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010

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General Election: Registered voters who did not vote early will head to the polls tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to cast ballots in the General Election. In addition to electing members of congress, voters are choosing statewide leaders in races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state comptroller and Texas Supreme Court and appeals court judges, just to name a few. Here in Liberty County, voters have a historic chance to choose candidates from the two major parties in most races. The county clerk's office reports voting precincts are the same as two years ago. Information is available on the county website or by calling the clerk's office at 936-336-4670.

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LISD Bond Election: Liberty ISD voters will decide the fate of the district's $18.874 million bond election tomorrow. The bond package is split into five separate propositions. If all five pass, school officials say the impact on the property tax rate would be 13.334 cents per $100 valuation. An important fact – there would be no impact on senior citizen homestead taxes which are frozen. Voting is tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the precinct where you a cast ballot in the General Election.

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Volleyball Playoffs: The Liberty and Dayton volleyball teams have earned a spot in the state playoffs, and both are in action tomorrow. The Lady Broncos play the Port Neches-Grove Lady Indians tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Hardin-Jefferson. The Lady Panthers take on the Bridge City Lady Cardinals tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Barbers Hill High School gym.

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Liberty Public Meeting: The City of Liberty will hold an open house public meeting tomorrow from 5 to 6 p.m. at Liberty City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to present general information and gather public input on what they call the Texas Avenue Extension Project but is actually a new street off Texas.

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Friday Night Lights: Last Friday night, Dayton won the District 19-4A title with a 42-3 victory over Crosby. Liberty earned a playoff berth with a 31-6 win against Cleveland. The Panthers will play Coldsrping this Friday for a share of the district title. In other action last Friday, Lovelady beat Hull-Daisetta 38-7. Hardin blasted Warren 56-22, and Barbers Hill shutout Goose Creek 19-0. Splendora blanked Tarkington 19-0.

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