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AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state's plan to safely and strategically open.

Donna Culbertson and Hannah Watson are Hull-Daisetta secondary and elementary campus Teachers of the Year for 2019-2020. Both educators were earlier recognized as Teacher of the Month.

Liberty native Glenn Blake was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters this month, and with the ceremony cancelled because of the pandemic, in its place the Institute sponsored a virtual event with readings by each new inductee reading passages of his or her work.

The City of Dayton’s City Manager, Theo Melancon was recently recognized by the International City Managers Association (ICMA).


Autum Champagne qualified for her fourth state powerlifting meet with her second place regional finish this past Saturday morning.

Coach Kay Tebo is very excited, “Congratulations! Look out state, here they come!”

It looks like Coach Ken McCarther has lit a fire under those Tarkington Longhorns. They are 6-3 after this weekend’s wins over Splendora, 7-4; Coldspring-Oakhurst, 8-2; Liberty 10-3; and Shepherd, 9-0.

Against Liberty Friday, Longhorn Trace Shirley slugged for two triples. Dee Brandon and Blake Ellington each doubled for the Horns.

After falling to Clear Brook, 8-6, earlier in the day, the Dayton Lady Broncos beat the Crosby Lady Cougars, 7-2, at the Crosby Tournament this afternoon. The Lady Coogs then fell to Channelview, 4-1.


May 21, 2020 - 00:00

The media is failing on a fundamental level to report the pandemic in the one way reportage would matter most. This is, I hope, the greatest drama of our time, yet it is the first such worldwide crisis in two centuries that has no human face in the public media.

Why doesn’t the media report when COVID-19 cases have recovered?

Why? Math. That’s why.

I’m a current student at the University of Texas at Austin. Recently, I began reading “Fashion Industry’s Carbon Impact Bigger than Airline Industry,” published by CBS, and I was astonished by the high contribution that apparel manufactures play in the rapid increase of effects resulting from human-caused climate change.

The City of Dayton is working alongside Liberty County and our sister cities as we work to limit the spread of COVID-19. Questions about what is an essential business or essential activity have been asked and Liberty County has worked diligently to answer those questions.


May 21, 2020 - 20:16

Jana Marie Buchanan, 76, of Liberty passed away tragically on Tuesday, May 19, at her residence. Jana, the daughter of the late James Henry Elam and Janrose Triplett Elam was born on Feb. 22, 1944 in Covington, Kentucky.

Carolyn Hanchey Barrett, 72, of Hardin passed away on Thursday, May 14, at her home. She was born on Aug. 18, 1947 in Liberty to parents, Conious Earl Hanchey and Nettie P. Jones Hanchey, who preceded her in death along with her daughter-in-law, Julie Barrett.

Donnis Terrence Hunter, Sr., 78, of Batson passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 3, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Donnis was born on Oct. 30, 1941 to parents James Reuben Hunter and Dorothy Carter Hunter.

With great sadness we announce the passing of Bill Ray on May 1, 2020. He was a beloved son, brother, and friend to all whose lives he touched.

Born on Nov. 17, 1952 in Galveston, he passed away at age 67 at his home in Liberty.