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The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office today announced the initiation of a voluntary Special Needs Registry designed to assist the deputies, fire departments and EMS during encounters with members of the community who have disabilities such as Alzheimer’s, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dementia, Down Syndrome, or any other mental or developmental disorders.

The Texas Transportation Commission approved approximately $100,000 in funding for the Cleveland Municipal Airport at its July meeting.

This year, TxDOT expects to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports.

An evening of family fun ended in tragedy at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday evening in the Trinity River at the Highway 105 bridge just west of Moss Hill. According to Liberty County Sheriff’s lead Investigator Sean Mitchell, several people were swimming in the dangerous waters of the river when a little 5-year-old girl became distressed and was in danger of drowning.

The Texas Comptroller had good and bad news to announce this morning. Sales tax revenue remitted in July totaled $2.98 billion, up 4.3 percent over the amount received in July of last year. However, sales tax revenue statewide was down by 5.3 percent for the past three months compared to the total for May, June and July of 2019.

Sports

Aug 6, 2020 - 00:00

Since she was a freshman at Liberty high school, Lady Panthers recent graduate Baylee Chandler has known where she was going to play college softball. One of the captains for Head Coach Karen Slack at shortstop, Chandler will continue her playing career at Houston Baptist University.

The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Dayton held their annual Kids to Camp Golf Classic July 18 at Tour 18 located in Humble. The money raised from the golf tournament is used to sponsor church scholarships to send kids to summer church camp, Relay For Life, sponsoring two elementary students with school supplies, fall and spring clothing, and birthday and Christmas gifts. The money is also used to support youth ministry.

Jul 30, 2020 - 00:00

With the opening day of Major League Baseball last Thursday and the restart of the NBA tonight, things seem to be opening back up. That is minus one thing, FANS! So as I have engaged myself in watching MLB and the NBA scrimmages I cannot get used to the fact there are no fans.

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) is presenting modifications to the 2020-2021 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines, set to take effect August 1, 2020.

Opinions

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, before wire services, news was shared among small town newspapers through an exchange service by which each participating newspaper could trade copies of its latest edition for those of other newspapers and then reprint snippets or a limited number of articles from them in their own upcoming editions.

Would you subscribe to a newspaper, any newspaper, if you could claim a tax credit for 80 percent of what the subscription cost you? If you run a local business, would a tax credit of up to $5,000 make it more likely for you to advertise in a newspaper?

Most people know that when there is a fire or medical emergency — or a global pandemic — first responders help keep us safe. What may be surprising for many Texans is that many of these first responders are there because of a local emergency services district, or ESD.

JACKSONVILLE, TEXAS — Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Representative Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd) congratulate the Cleveland Senior Citizens Center on the $10,000 donation they received from the BNSF Railway Company.

Obituaries

Aug 11, 2020 - 14:48

Lynda Graham Watson, 78, of Kilgore completed her earthly journey and went home to be with her Lord peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 9, surrounded by her family.

Aug 10, 2020 - 13:37

Michael Ray Tanner, 62, of Dayton passed away Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Baytown. Michael was born Nov. 4, 1957 in Lawton, Oklahoma, to parents Milton Tanner and Nelda Bartzen Howard. He is preceded in death by his father and his sister, Belinda Theriot.

Anita Montalvo Lozano, 69, of Liberty tragically passed away from COVID-19 on Tuesday, July 21. Twelve days later, on Aug. 2, 2020, her husband, Reuben Rodriquez Lozano Sr., 69, also passed away from COVID-19.

James Blanchard Sr., 88, of Hull passed away peacefully at his home, with his loving family by his side, on Thursday, July 30. He was born on March 3, 1932, in Mowata, Louisiana, to the late Aza and Celise LeJeune Blanchard. In 1951, he married the love of his life Vera Dorene Locke.