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Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 12:00am

The city of Cleveland is poised for substantial growth in future years, with much of the growth coming even sooner. In efforts to accommodate this growth, commercial and residential developers have planted stakes in the Cleveland area, allowing for current and future development.

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 12:00am

The Liberty County Courthouse was abuzz this past Monday, Jan. 4, as both the newly elected and re-elected county officials were sworn in for their official oath of office. The ceremony began with a welcome from Liberty County Judge Jay Knight and the Invocation from Clint Sylvester, Pastor of Grace Church in Liberty.

Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 12:00am

Countless citizens fall prey to criminal scammers each year, and for some, it means losing everything they have worked so hard for over their lives. Each week we are working with federal, state, and local authorities to provide useful information to protect our community and help keep our citizens safe from dastardly fiends who want to take advantage of innocent people.

Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 12:00am

KSHN has long been a part of Liberty County and the surrounding community, from local newscasts, Friday night football and of course the Party Line radio program, with Bill Buchanan and, more recently, Tiffany York at the helm. Sadly, the time has come for the folks at KSHN to sign off for the last time.

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 12:00am

The Vindicator began publishing on December 9, 1887, and was founded by Thomas Jefferson Chambers, a Texas politician and a two term mayor of Liberty. Jefferson started in the newspaper business as a teenager and continued as an editor for multiple Liberty papers before creating The Liberty Vindicator. We continue to thrive today by bringing up to date news and information about the Liberty County community.

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 12:00am

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Jan 14, 2021 - 00:00

True love is something people have sought out since the dawn of humanity. Finding true love has never been easier thanks to an increasingly digital world, although sometimes, it ends up being a real nightmare.

Jan 14, 2021 - 00:00

At the Liberty City Council Meeting held on Jan.12, Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett was forced to make the unfortunate decision to cancel the Liberty Jubilee due to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases in the county.

A new chapter in Liberty County’s storied history began on Jan. 4, 2021 as Wesley Hinch was sworn in as the new Judge for County Court No. 2 and became the first person to be elected to the position.


The Nederland Lady Bulldogs scored three goals in the first half and then the Liberty Lady Panthers defense clamped down on them in the second half and only allowed a goal in a 4-0 loss on Tuesday evening at Memorial Stadium. Nederland jumped out 1-0 on the 7th minute on a goal and then added another one at the 18th minute to lead 2-0. The Lady Bulldogs then made it a 3-o game when they found the nets again in the 22nd minute. The score stayed the same until Nederland put in a goal late in the second half for the 4-0 win. Lali Garcia, Kennedy Evans, and Alondra Rodriguez all led the way for Liberty.

For three quarters on Friday night in Splendora, things were looking good for the Liberty Lady Panthers, but Liberty picked a bad time to go cold, and a couple of crucial turnovers down the stretch carried the Lady Cats to a 49-45 victory in district play. Down 6-3 early on, Madyson Goudeau connected from downtown to tie the score at 6-apiece. Splendora then responded with a 6-o run to move back ahead 12-6 until Olivia Moore nailed a three-pointer to make it 12-9. Just before the end of the opening quarter, the Panthers moved ahead, with Moore scoring on a drive. Goudeau gave Liberty a 25-22 advantage late in the first half by scoring on a drive to the bucket. The Lady Panthers would lead 27-24 at the half. Goudeau then caught fire in the third quarter as her two straight three-pointers gave Liberty a 33-24 lead. A couple of minutes later, it was Goudeau connecting again from downtown, and the advantage was in double digits at 38-28. Leading 41-33 heading into the final quarter, the Lady Panthers scored only four points the rest of the way. The final Liberty score came on a Moore three-point play to make it a 45-38 score with 2:24 remaining. Splendora then closed the game by scoring the last n-points of the night to get the win. Goudeau scored 16 points to lead the Lady Panthers in scoring while Moore finished with 9. Cheyenne Williams and Drelyn Willis each chipped in with 6 points. Liberty will have a bye on Friday and return to action on January 19 at home against Livingston.

The Liberty Panthers led by double digits heading into the fourth quarter and then held on at the end to notch an important 52-51 win over the Splendora Wildcats on Friday night at home in a district tilt. Liberty won the first quarter 17-9 and then extended their halftime advantage to 33-24 by winning the second stanza 16-15. Splendora scored the first five points of the third quarter to get within 33-29 before a bucket by Kieron Joiner made it 35-29. Moments later, it was Vincent Harris nailing a three-pointer and the lead was back to 40-31. The Panthers then took their biggest lead of the night with 3:40 left in the third quarter, with Devin Fregia hitting the offensive boards and scoring to make it 4533. Late in the third period, the Wildcats closed within 4739 until a steal and bucket by Kaden Nolan gave Liberty a 49-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Splendora cut the deficit in half by scoring the first five -points of the period until Harris had a nice drive and score to make it 51-44 with 2:50 remaining in the game. Down 52-51, the Wildcats had the ball and a chance for the win, but the Panthers defense got strong and forced Splendora into a tough couple of shots and Liberty had themselves the district win. Harris led the Panthers in scoring with 15, while Joiner also finished in double figures with 10. Fregia and Patrick Flowers each added 6 points apiece. Liberty will be in action again on January 19 in Livingston.

The Dayton Lady Broncos dropped a tough 36-34 decision to Caney Creek on Tuesday night in Conroe. The loss drops Dayton 2-3 in district play and 6-7 overall on the season. Jerrica Keener led the scoring with 14 points for the Lady Broncos, while Laila Beck had 9 rebounds and 8 points. Mary Robinson contributed 4 steals and 5 points. Dayton will travel to Porter for a noon start on Saturday.


Jan 7, 2021 - 00:00

(1) )From Linda Jamison, Chairwoman of the Liberty County Historical Commission: Due to the severe uptick in Covid cases in Liberty County, the Hartel Building is closed indefinitely for meetings...

Dec 17, 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

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.


Jan 14, 2021 - 00:00

Stanley Grove Schell, age 75 of Coldspring, Texas passed away Monday, January 4, 2021. He was born July 4, 1945 in Panama to parents Leon and Florence Schell who preceded him in death along with his brothers, Robert Schell, Don Schell and daughter Lisa Dawn Schell.

Christopher Young made his transition to eternity on December 22, 2020 at the age of 57. Christopher was the sixth child of the late Joe Eddis Young and Dorothy Jean Prater Young. He was born at Dayton Memorial Hospital in Dayton, Texas, on October 29,1963.

On January 10, 2021 Richard “Bubba” Wayne Rhymes went home to be with the Lord. Bubba was born in Lakes Charles, Louisiana on July 16, 1963 to parents George Edwards Rhymes and Marylyn “Lyn” Rhymes.

Jan 14, 2021 - 00:00

Sara Walden, 58, of Liberty, Texas passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 at HCA Houston Healthcare in Tomball. Sara was born in Liberty, Texas on August 5, 1962 to parents Johnny Glenn Welch, Sr. and Maxine Snider Welch.