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Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 12:00am

The Vindicator


Reports of an uptick in COVID-19 cases across the nation have been making the news of late, and Liberty County is not immune to that trend. Recently the county surpassed the 2,000-case mark and since reports in mid-November the county has jumped from 28 active cases on Nov. 16 to 135 cases currently according to data released by the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management.

The Vindicator

Dec 3, 2020 - 00:00

Liberty County Judge Jay Knight signed an order lifting the Burn Ban for the county after recent rains brought much needed saturation to the area. The order was put into place last week after a small wildfire had broken out in the far northwest corner of the county after dry conditions had developed in the area.

The three county Crime Stopper program can accomplish a great deal with the assistance of the public who can call in information on felony offenders and then may receive a cash reward and will remain anonymous in doing so. Since Montgomery, Liberty and San Jacinto Counties joined forces in this Multi-County Crime Stopper effort, it has resulted in many felony arrests and a great deal of recovered stolen property and illegal narcotics taken off our community streets.


Dec 3, 2020 - 00:00

The Dayton Broncos traveled to Galena Park on Tuesday afternoon to face the Galena Park Yellow Jackets and fell in non-district action 70-60. Dayton had two players finish in double figures with Houston Gault scoring 12 and Landon Baldwin adding 11. The Broncos JV grabbed a nice win over the Yellow Jackets 54-42 while the freshman came up on the short end in a 48-35 decision. Dayton will host Tarkington on Friday night then make the drive down I-10 to face Sealy on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The Liberty Panthers placed ten players on the District 11-4A-II All-District Football Team. Landing on the first team for Head Coach Chad Taylor’s squad was Devon Fregia at tight end and Wyatt Tulley on the offensive line. Making the firstteam defense was Mario Williams at linebacker, Mason Goudeau at corner back, and punt returner Kieron Joiner. Second team selections on the offensive side of the ball are running back Terrick Peterson and wide receiver Vincent Harris. Second team picks on defense are lineman Matthew Porche, linebacker Josh Chandler, and Harris also at the safety position.

The Hardin Hornets dropped their first game of the season against Orangefield at home on Tuesday afternoon 54-48. Carson Williams led the way with 16 points and 5 rebounds while Colby Barrett also finished in double figures also with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Caden Elmore added 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. The day before the Hornets improved to 4-0 on the season with a 60-34 victory over Spurger. Barrett led the way with 18 points while Williams finished with 16. Logan Parker chipped in with 12. Hardin is now 4-1 on the season and will host Hull-Daisetta on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The Dayton Lady Broncos played a pair of games over the Thanksgiving Holidays and finished with a split. On Monday afternoon, Dayton traveled to Barbers Hill and fell to the Lady Eagles 39-28 in a low scoring affair. Kyra Keener led the way in scoring with 7 points while Amber Kelly finished with 6. The JV also came up short to Barbers Hill 59-25. Keylee Kokal was the leading scorer with 11. On Tuesday afternoon the Lady Broncos returned home to face Liberty and knocked off the Lady Panthers 56-50. Kelly was the leading scorer with 19 while Keener chipped in with 15. In JV action it was Dayton winning 43-27 over Liberty. Yvonne Maldondo, Halanna King, and Susie Jackson all finished with 7 points apiece. The Lady Broncos varsity is now 3-3 on the season and will travel to Aldine MacArthur on Friday.


Dec 3, 2020 - 00:00

(1) The Liberty County Historical Commission will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2020, for its first quarterly meeting of 2021 at the Hartel Building. For more information, contact Linda Jamison, Liberty County Historical Commission chairwoman, at (936) 334-5813, or email her at

Nov 25, 2020 - 00:00

The Vindicator is two weeks away from her 133rd anniversary, Wednesday, Dec. 9. Despite a few upsets in recent years and a few changes in direction, this newspaper is back in the black and turning a healthy profit. It is even growing, slowly, gaining readers and expanding coverage. Hopefully, The Vindicator will continue to grow and prosper, and soon more locals will again realize the old gal’s value.

Nov 19, 2020 - 00:00

Dear SOS friends,

Oct 24, 2020 - 20:09

Given a choice between politicians and giant corporations on one side, telling us only the things we want to hear, and a news media on the other side telling us all of the hard things we do not want to hear, we should know who is telling us the truth.


Dec 3, 2020 - 00:00

Loraine Tornatore, 81, previously of Liberty, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Verandes Assisted Living Facility in Fort Worth. She was born on Aug. 28, 1939 in Bagheria, Sicily in Italy.

Nov 25, 2020 - 16:21

Loraine Tornatore, 81, previously of Liberty, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Verandes Assisted Living Facility in Fort Worth. She was born on Aug. 28, 1939 in Bagheria, Sicily in Italy.

Nov 21, 2020 - 12:13

James “Elton” Ambrose, 71, of Hardin was called home Thursday, Nov. 19. Elton was born in Liberty and raised in Hardin. He was the first of four sons born to O.F. “Buster” Ambrose and Dorothy Tullos Ambrose.

Nov 17, 2020 - 12:58

Jerry Duff Sr., age 76, of Liberty passed away on Sunday, Nov. 15, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Jerry was born on Aug. 11, 1944 to parents Joe Elton Duff and Mildred Burch Duff.