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County Judge Jay Knight spoke to the county today through Facebook streaming video to announce a new executive order mandating all businesses in the county providing goods and services to the public to develop policies requiring any customer 10 years old or over to wear face coverings when unable to maintain a distance from other of 6 feet or more.

With the State of Texas and Governor Abbott rolling back the reopening of certain businesses and returning to earlier stage restrictions, and increasing numbers of COVID positive cases in Liberty County, the City of Dayton will resume some of its earlier precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus and ensure the continuity of city services. 

Jun 29, 2020 - 18:01

Catch Dierks Bentley, Meghan Trainor, Becky G, and top sports stars as they share the importance of the 2020 Census through fun, free virtual concert events this week. Here's where and when to tune in:

COLLEGE STATION, June 24, 2020 – Texas A&M University today announced that it will not require submission of ACT or SAT scores for freshman applicants for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Jun 25, 2020 - 16:15

It is a big day for Lance Mosley, recently graduated from West Hardin High School. He signed to play basketball next season at Victoria College. Beaumont’s KFDM came for an interview, and two or three dozen of his friends and family turned out to congratulate him.

Look for more about Mosley and more photos in next week’s edition of The Vindicator.


In 2018, Liberty Head Coach Karen Slack led the Lady Panthers to a state championship in Austin with a 3-1 win over Vernon. At the time Slack had mostly a bunch of freshman and sophomores.

Jun 11, 2020 - 00:00

The following appeared in E.W. Pickett’s Base Ball News column of Sept. 17, 1909. The paragraph above it explained, “Some few years ago when Liberty and Dayton were fighting for the championship of Liberty county, the following verses were composed, and as they have never been published, it would fit the occasion to publish them now.” The occasion was Liberty’s winning the 1909 championship over Dayton by 7-1.

It’s a sport that a lot of people have yet to hear of but is starting to scratch the edge of the surface. Welcome to the sport of FootGolf.


Jun 4, 2020 - 00:00

On the night of Dec. 16, 1773, the Sons of Liberty destroyed $1.7 million worth of private property to protest an act of the British government for which the corporate owners of the tea were in no way responsible.

The following was written by Chief Vine in response to the recent incident in Minneapolis which ended in the tragic death of George Floyd.

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.


Jun 29, 2020 - 18:33

Not many people have gotten to enjoy such a successful life as Donald Lee Strickland, who passed away peacefully on June 27, at the age of 92. Donald Lee was successful both in the number of years he lived and in the quality of life he lived.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 30, at 9 a.m.–8 p.m. at Strickland Funeral Home in Somerville.

Jun 25, 2020 - 00:00

Alfred Frank Shivers, 81, of Hull passed away on Tuesday, June 23, at his home in Hull. He was born on Nov. 6, 1938 in Hull to parents Lonnie and Lelia Shivers who preceded him in death along with his siblings, W.G. Shivers, Mitchell L. Shivers, Ethylene S. Sikes, Robert M. Shivers, and his twin brother, J. Byron Shivers.

Jun 23, 2020 - 14:09

Louella Cain Miller, 80 of Liberty passed away on Sunday, June 21, at Magnolia Place Health Care in Liberty. She was born on Jan. 18, 1940 in League City to parents Guy L. Cain and Pearl S. Sadler.

Jun 22, 2020 - 17:07

Patricia Ann Burns, 79, of Dayton passed away on June 21, at her residence with her loving family by her side. She was born on May 3, 1941, in Baytown to the late Joe Hunter Bittle and Erma Mae Duhon.

She pursued many interests some of which included gardening, cooking and playing outside with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.