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Why, oh why did the city lose power again?

Letter to the Editor - For public knowledge, from public record

Letter to the editor comment: PBK is being charged with ethics violations and being sued in another ISD over stuff like this. While they have the right to donate, I surely don't want them rewarded with a contract in Dayton for us to pay their legal fees. http://www.instantnewsfortbend.com/2010/10/08/48304

here we go again, the pustule has risen again. Lablank, who cares about a 2,000 contribution? There is no smoking gun here. No matter how many times you get up in public and wring your hands and jump up and down, no one will care what you say and think. Now go slime your way back under your rock like a good slug.

Somebody is either lying about Jeff LeBlanc in an effort to marginalize him or they unexplicably ignorant. LeBlanc represents a large number of active and independent voters. he is well spoken and well informed. His opponents can make up things and try and destroy his representation, but LeBlanc is a successful patriotic American.

In regard to the funding for the DISD bond: Not only is it inappropriate for the committee to accept this money it is also scary that the school district would even consider this builder for the schools. It will be bad enough to have everyone's taxes skyrocket but even worse if the taxpayers have to pay for for faulty construction.

It seems to me a non-school employee with no children in DISD the Bond election should be passed, as a no brainer. Why you ask? I saw amenities in other slightly larger towns 50 years ago. Our Children need to have as many opportunities as conceivably possible today even in a "small town" perceived school district. We have cut education over the last decade why? To use for state and federal officials to placate puppet masters who have given them their positions. Now it is time to give our children a chance to have a diversity of avenues at the old proverbial school house. I say we have a very good school Supt. who is a product of the Dayton School System. We have just hired her and let's look through her eyes to our children's future in the USA. Vote Yes on DISD Bonds. Vote Yes Now!

Wow! People really get ugly when anyone speaks up against the DISD "say yes" campaign. Shame on all of you. l can tell you that the children of this community need good role models, respectful parents, and above-board teachers & administrators far more than they need new schools. Jeff LeBlanc has only expressed his opinions and asked the voters to pause and stop to think about the issue. He has done so thru editorial letters and legal campaigning. All ways we are allowed to express our values and beliefs in this country. Calling him "Lablank", "pustule", "slug", and "moron" is just ugly and mean. To anyone looking in from the outside, it would seem as though the second a person disagrees with the popular idea, they are subject to attacks and name calling from our supposed leaders. This is just disgusting and immature to me. Our children need respectful adults with integrity to lead our community and schools. If what I have seen from this bond election is the leadership of DISD, you can bet that I'm homeschooling!

2014 TVE Parade

2014 TVE Parade… The good ole days are over. I remember when Sheriff G.F. Arthur and his group of guys along with Texas Rangers and other law enforcement officers would ride horseback in the parade. Now we have a Sheriff that won’t even show up. At least I didn’t see him. Maybe he was in that home health van.

Why do they block off main street in Liberty so early on the day of parade?? I was going to attend the parade Wed. morning and arrived in Liberty before 9AM and main street was already blocked off, WHY???? It is not really a big deal for me because I can still walk the distance to main street but my Mother which I try to take to parade each year is unable to walk that far due to her health. What are people suppose to do?? Arrive at 7AM??

For the person asking why Main Street is closed so early on parade day. This year there were almost 170 parade entries. All of these entries have to get on Main Street, find their location and get in line. Many of these are pedestrians (such as bands and cheerleaders), some are floats (large floats and Baby Parade floats), and some are just large (trucks, fire trucks, tractors, etc.) It is difficult and dangerous to line up 170 parade entries when traffic is flowing as usual on Main Street. The parade entries begin lining up at about 8:00am and we have to make it safe for them to do that, so we close down Main Street to north and south traffic, unless they are in the parade or attempting to get to one of the businesses on Main Street. In addition, in the downtown portion of Main Street people begin lining up before 9:00am and our concern is the danger to them when traffic is flowing as usual on Main Street. During our briefing officers are told to assist people in any way they can to enjoy the parade but to limit traffic on Main Street to prevent someone from getting hurt. If any person has difficulty walking and would like to see the parade they simply need to ask the officer nearest the intersection they would like to go to and the officer will assist them in getting there. I know of a number of occasions where that happened this year. However, your point is well taken, and next year we should make preparations for this type of situation and provide people with mobility issues the public information they need on how to access the parade events. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Please be aware when you have concerns you want to address with the Liberty Police Department you can call us at 936-336-5666...

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I refuse to be disappointed! Someone many of us have hope to rise to the top has made it and I refuse to think it anything but temporary when I hear of them passing the buck or being rude to underlings or allowing bullies to direct and derail initiatives. But just as I refuse to point to the stress that comes with a big job, I also refuse to let the person who has risen to new heights not hear that all those interactions he is having with employees are interactions that are connected to me. I am either a friend of the employee or a friend of a friend. This IS a small town. If stress results in you fingerpointing or putting people under your thumb, you are doing it to someone who has friends. You are doing it to someone who has family. And they have friends. I refuse to be disappointed, but if you can’t get your act together, I will refuse to defend you when the mob that always gathers when too many butt chewings happens to too many underlings comes. Stop what you are doing and BE WHO WE EXPECTED before you became Dr. Muckity Muck!

One commentator may refuse to be "disappointed" in how someone is struggling with the politics at their new job in LISD, but there are some of us who are not surprised. There is one school board member who might as well be shooting a Colt 45 at the feet of the Superintendent and making him dance. Ron Mayo needs to quit acting like some school yard bully and just do the job he was elected to do. Cody Abshier needs to return to being someone who finds and brings out the best in the school employees and students. He loves people and too many people have noted his moodiness and willingness to go off on a few select people since Mayo's microscope started interfering with an otherwise very forward moving LISD. Abshier should refuse to dance to Mayo's tune and instead go ahead and become one of the best, most well liked Superintendents in LISD's history. If the Mayo way of brow beating people looks like it is going to rub off on you, you would be better off going back to the classroom than losing yourself.

Anyone who was thinking Mr. Mayo was going to be one of those school board members who cleaned house and made the school run on all cylinders has been sold a bad bill of goods. He may talk a good game with his circle of associates, but in reality he is all in the middle of stuff to help himself and his family and a couple of friends. A school board member is suppose to participate in the process of SETTING POLICY. The policies should apply equally to all students, all school employees, and to the citizenry. Any school board member who pushes for an exception because of their children, their friends' children, the athletic participation of a student, a relationship to a school employee, or any deviation IS subject to being accused of using their elected position improperly. Mr. Mayo was not elected King and neither was Dr. Abshier. They wil all be fired by the public if they do not run an open process that does not try to hide the application of policy. School board members getting involved in the day to day decisions are overstepping their boundaries even if they have been invited to do so. Texas school law is clear. We have a Superintendent who oversees this matters. Even if you approve everything administration does, it is not your job. Get out of it. Ulcer avoidance is one reason, but the main reason is you should not expand your role and your importance beyond how the systemis set up. Spend more time with your family or at your job, but refuse to spend time micro managing the schools. Dr. Abshier started this job with almost 100% support. Let him have an opportunity to pull the community forward. Without a Mayo or micro managing, he is great at his job!

Ron wants to put his white gloves on and inspect everything at tthe schools like he is some kind of commandant. Ron this community will not allow you to make a schhol board position some kind of gotcha platform. You will either leave the people we have hired to run the schools alone or you will be sent packing off the board. You will not ruin our community atmosphere in our schools.

With the people compalining about Ron Mayo. He is a bull in a china closet. It's like he is looking for a fight. I don't know Mr. Abshier, but he should stick with the sugarlike elements of leadership to get things done instead of this man's methods. Encouragement to struggling students or staff and being nice to the lowest person on the totem pole will pay off in the long run over this other.

You ran for the wrong office if you want to fix things Mayo! We hired Dr. Abshier for that. Maybe you should run for mayor.

Mr. Mayo is not the only person on the Liberty School Board that is on a power trip. Members are abusing their power to have Dr. Abshire do their dirty work. We need to get rid of members using their position for personal reasons. And we need to get rid of the ones that never think on their own and become yes men for others.

When I read yahoo's recent story about leadership I thought about the conversation on here about the school board and the superintendent in Liberty. here is the crux of the story: "In an age where authoritarian power is being questioned from the classroom to the boardroom, the emerging research is conclusive -- humility is a dramatically more powerful and effective way of leading." It sounds like your leaders over there missed the memo and are using the "commandant" method despite the fact it is the equivalent of committing professional suicide.

For sure the comments about the mayo man are right. Mr. Abshier may need a board member like Mayo though. Mr. Abshier, like one of the posts says, fails to recognize that "his employees" are OUR NEIGHBORS. I have already heard three stories this year about Mr. Abshier's heavy hand and sharp tongue. It aggravates me that he would speak that way and think because he does it privately that itis okay.

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Let's talk about Chambers County for a moment. The Winnie/Stowell area, we hardly see a deputy. The traffic laws are not enforced, stop signs are ignored, people speeding through the school zone. The sad thing is a lot of these people work at the school. Most of the time we only have one deputy covering the east side. If he or she has to go to Anahuac that leaves the area unprotected. Chambers Co. needs more deputies, not more good ole boys hanging around the office. Just another sheriff that made a bunch of promises and didn't keep. Remember we do vote on the east side too.

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It seems to me that the Texas Secretary of State statement on the website says, "AUSTIN — “We have received a copy of the judge’s ruling in this matter. The ruling is currently under review by my office and the Office of the Attorney General. As always, the Office of the Secretary of State will assist Texas election officials in providing elections that are smooth, secure and successful.” –Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry. This statement was made on Oct. 10th. Unless this judge is overturned before early voting I will not produce a picture ID. I will fight for my voting rights, even if jailed. My right by Constitution, I am white and not scared of people trying to sway the vote for big money, like Koch Brothers. Stand Strong!

2014 TVE Baby Parade

We braved the humidity and went to the Baby Parade this morning, found a seat behind the announcers stand on the east side of the Court House. The attendance was poor and the parade was mediocre, hardly any entrees. The high profile citizens were there though running along their relatives floats taking pictures of their little precious babies being ever so cute for all of the common citizens to enjoy. The local daily media personalities were there too with their families pontificating about their silly no lives between drags on their cigarettes making sure they are loud enough for all to hear and surely have a chance to admire them. I especially liked the woman with the Nancy Grace hair cut on the platform, nice touch, and the top of the lungs hollering for the radio staff member for all to hear "come on here they come".

To the negative commenter about the baby parade. If you don't like the small town atmosphere the please move to houston or beaumont. It must be hell living in your small world of negativity. I for one enjoyed it and cherish this small town that we won't have for much longer. And I don't understand why you would pull politics into something so innocent as a baby parade

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Has anyone had any dealings with the new woman city inspector? I have and she is a real piece of work, pushy and arrogant and takes her job way too seriously. She makes threats too about how she will "cite" you if you don't do what she says in an appropriate time. She must have done her training at one of the old Nazi death camps.

I have had two experience s with the city inspector, I tried to do the right thing, both times I was treated badly in the office and they continued to tried to find things wrong. The job was done by a licensed contractor and the uneducated inspector continued for several days to keep the job stopped. If this type of treatment continues it is going to cost our city and slow down progress. The city may become liable.

The city manager is aweful brave to keep this new city inspector. She is making enemies for him that will eventually cause himto need tomove on.

Re: city inspector...if she is arrogant, pushy, and threats you then by golly-g she fits in with every other city employee we have here. Welcome ma'am. You are in a town full of bullies who dare their skeletons to come out.

Ha! The city manager Gary "gross" needed to be gone 30 min after arriving. Maybe he and his bff Billy "kisswell" can go elsewhere together.

Who wants to spend $64,000 Dollars

I love the story on the commissioners and their 64 thousand dollar boondoggle. I also like seeing Norman Brown called out for what he is... "lame" an understatement. Over the years I have seen this guy and his family of brown skidmarks victimize both the Democrat and Republican parties in Liberty County. That is in between he and his son's arrogant and flagrant disregard for the people. I hope this self serving and narcissistic rule over Dayton and Liberty County will finally come to an end. My only wish now is to see John Otto and Terry/Randy Bivins thrown in the same garbage heap.

Well as I expected Lowery was running interference for the County Sheriff and to Hell with the Liberty County Citizens that pay the bills. He voted to spend $64,000 for a consultant company to come in and tell them, what they already know about the Liberty County Jail it is bleeding money from the Citizens of the County! Commissioner Brown finally woke up after 12 years and now wants the jail decided before he leaves office on 12/31. Where has he been for all 12 years that he has been in office? Maybe the new County Commissioner in Pct. #4, Leon Wilson, will work as hard as he has for the last 6 months and into the next 4 years. I was proud that all 3 new members (Knight, Wilson and Arthur) of the Commissioners Court all stood and spoke against spending the $64,000 until every bid has come in and presented next Commissioner Court Meeting next week. Mike McCarty seconded the motion, but voted against it and old Norman Brown refused to vote. I say that Lowery has to be defeated in the next election. Why, because he is willing to throw “OUR” money away to a company he dealt with solely and voted for today. Check his donation paperwork next time he runs in 2 years. Maybe he stood tight for a reason, because Lowery is looking to next election. He does not mind spending the Citizen’s Money like it is water. My taxes come due every year to be spent as fiscally responsible as possible, not thrown away by Commissioner Lowery!

Like Norman Dale Brown is The village idiot, the only person in that commsioner's court that is more amusing than Norman Brown is that bumbling Bufoon county attorney Wes Hinch. What happened in Liberty County for such joke like Wes Hinch got elected?

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What going on? No water since earlier today. From Marshall street to the bypass?

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i sure am sorry Tonys closed, I will greatly miss it.

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Remember how the local people were pushing for the passage of the local ordinance to purchase liquor within the city limits? Remember how they said in their pitch that restaurants were going to come here and do business because of the liquor ordinance? Well where are these restaurants? In fact since the passage of the get drunk locally ordinance was passed, two restaurants have close, what gives?

Commissioners Meet Thursday

Tomorrow at 3 pm, the Commissioner Court will vote to hire a Jail Consultant at $64000 to tell them what they already know. Wes Hinch has "Sat" on a contract with CEC, for $50 per inmate for one year. The Citizens of Liberty County have paid as high as $79 per inmate, when Wes Hinch, our County Attorney, cost us $29 more per inmate because he did not have the contract signed with CEC. The County had the chance to send all inmates to Polk County for $45 per inmate including Medical. Liberty County has dropped the ball and the citizens were screwed. They are other options available, but that will be up to the "new" Commissioners Court on January 1, 2015 to consider. Please understand that Eddie Lowery is in the Sheriff's back pocket, hoping that close association will get him re-elected. Our glorious Sheriff is going to do all he can to keep from running the jail, even if he can do it cheaper. We citizens sit on our hands and re-elect people like Lowery, who does not care about the citizens, but only if Bobby Rader can get him re-elected in Cleveland. I say if Melvin Hunt runs then maybe the citizens around Cleveland will elect him, again. He was part of the Commissioners Court that left us, with a debt surplus, with Phil Fitzgerald as County Judge. Why do we allow the Commissioners Court vote against our pocketbook, as we face $3 a gallon gas and $5 a gallon milk and bread nearly to $3. Wake up Liberty County, vote Eddie Lowery out of office and if Sheriff Rader runs again vote him out. If the “New Court” throws our money away, throw them out of office, in 4 years. Good-Bye McNair, Warner and Brown, you did a bad job and you will not be missed.

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Last evening our clerk announced that during early voting the schools in DISD will have 'special' voting locations on various campuses on different nights for the bond issue. After a call to the clerk's office: ask the ISD why they can't even repair a leaky roof but will pay 1/3 of the costs to have early voting provided at the schools in addition to the regular early voting poll. Ask the clerk why we're paying 1/3 to pay to have special polling places set up at schools for this bond issue. Then ask for a cost, which they won't know til after the election. Free and fair? We think not! Costs associated with these 'special polling places' include: workers, supplies, ballots, machines, newspaper ads for these locations, etc...This practice, known as “rolling polling” is unfortunately, legal, and is a common tactic among ISD’s when passing bonds. So that's 1/3 the clerk, 1/3 the ISD and 1/3 City of Dayton for 'rolling polls' Not sure why they are doing this when there are normal polling locations in place for the general election. (well I know why, but it seems to be something that is a waste of taxpayer dollars).

We paid for outside polling..here are the results: A telephone poll conducted by an outside firm on Oct 7, 2014 regarding the 87 million dollar DISD Bond resulted in over 52% would vote NO to the bond, undecided at 24% and only 23% voting in favor.

Dayton: I have never seen a town or school district work so hard to make their taxpayers and citizens suffer. And even the local newspaper is ready to assist in this effort. If you are not on board with this 87 Million dollar tax increase you are against the children, and pretty much outside the little elite social circle in Dayton.

Regarding DISD bond election. What the voters are not being told. The 87.8 million is only for the land, demolition, architect fees, and construction of the new facilities. Then, there will be new teachers added, new administrative staff, additional utilities for the new campuses, new buses, etc. The list goes on and on. Where will the money come from to pay for all these extras which we are not being told about. You can bet your boots these items will be paid for out of another tax increase. VOTE NO to this ill conceived wish list that will cause such a back breaking burden on the community. SCHOOL BOARD, go back to the drawing board and come up with something the taxpayers can live with. Stop trying to build a legacy to yourself.

Your perception of additional costs arising after the bond election are not entirely true or accurate unless the anticipated increase in enrollment happens all at once. New buildings are built more energy efficient and should have lower utility cost. Additional staff will be added as students are added which also indicates an increase in school funding from the state. I am not a Dayton resident. I have nothing to gain from disagreeing with you. The cost of the additional staffing and utilities will be offset with the additional revenue generated with higher attendance numbers. On the other hand, adding temporary buildings to undersized campuses require that doors be opened throughout the day, raising utility costs on inefficient buildings. Furthermore, if the state does not address school funding properly, the burden to operate the local ISD will increase the burden on you the local tax payer. The need is real, the bond is temporary and voting the wrong folks into office could cause greater, longer term financial hurt to you the tax payer.

The DISD web site has an info section about the bond. One of the sections is for frequently asked questions. Of course only six questions have been frequently asked and answered all with the school superintendent's slanted view. Her live in person interview with a student is also on the site. I wish people would watch the video. It is a very poor display of her skills. This is probably the worse I have ever seen a bond issued handled. It may pass but it really shows who she and her board are. If you voice opposition, you are spreading rumors, if you ask questions they are only answered if they wish to answer.

Dayton ISD - It must be nice to be on the opposing side of the bond in Dayton. You are allowed to lie, use scare tactics, and place signs, illegally, on private property that you do not have permission to place signs. They treat the people of Dayton like they are stupid, which they are not. The opposition uses the word debt to try and scare people. I am not going into debt, Dayton ISD is going into debt and I am agreeing to raise my taxes so my children will have better facilities and better educational tools for our teachers to use in the classroom. I am also voting to raise my taxes so that my young daughter can feel comfortable in the same school for 6 years and not have to make six school changes before she reaches high school. The opposition is also lead by a man that does not even live in Dayton and could care less about our town in 10 years. He even put the opposition signs in Liberty colors. No disrespect to Liberty, but we are ready for growth in Dayton and you just disrespected our entire school district and community by using those colors. Thanks buddy, for creating a sense of community with the supporters and community for the bond election. Also, your survey is trash as I know of at least 20 people that hung up on you, because they did not want to listen to your lies. It was also paid for by a tea party group that opposes every school bond in the state of Texas just because. They do not care about Dayton, and neither do you. We bleed purple on this side of the river, not black and gold. And we love our kids and want the best for them.

DISD Bond. I had a yes sign placed in my yard after I requested that a sign not be put up. The very thing that one of the previous writers wrote is happening in yards regardless of what side you are on. This may pass but this town will not be the same. The support is from an elite school group in town that only associates with the "IN" crowd.

So I'd like to reply to the comment that we're not from here and we're using lies and scare tactics. I can also say Mr. Nations has his facts are wrong. Yes, I am aware it is you, you posted this same comment on Facebook where you can't hide your name, can care less if Youngblood wants to out you or keep you safe. It must be nice to be on the side of the bond. Asking me to pay more for your grand wish list. Nothing we have posted is a lie. There is indeed a debt being proposed for 87 million, correct? At a conservative interest rate of 4.5% it will end up being 150 million, correct? But we really don't know do we? Because we won't know till you sell off the bonds, it may be higher. I don't think anyone is stupid Mr. Nations, actually I think you are fighting so hard because the average tax payer does not support an increase in taxation. The vote is usually already set against the bonds. But bonds make it because most are unaware of them or don't vote on them leaving people like administrators and educators to specifically vote for it. I love our community too and don't want to see bankers made rich on millions of interest payments 'for my kids'. Let me ask you this: Last year the ISD debt service was 365 thousand dollars. I ask, could we have used that money to better educate? Probably. Imagine how much the debit service will be on 87 million more? My family owns a business in Dayton and I am here every day and glad to meet you whenever you wish. Please, let's review our tax bills, I can assure you we are paying for more of a burden than you could dream of. I have lived here and voted here since the early 2000's. I also own property in the south of the county, still DISD. We, our company, have supported the rodeo and athletics in this town many, many times through the years. I love that you think I won't care in 10 years. I'm not going anywhere, to your and many others dismay. This argument is played out. No signs have been placed illegally. I have the addresses of everyone who requested one and that's where they went. I also know of one gentleman specifically who's signs went missing and now has to watch his yards for the bandits. If signs go up illegally, I'll gladly have them picked up. Or TXDOT will if they are in right of ways. Believe it or not, I don't put them all out myself, lol. The signs are yellow and black to stand out, which they do. So, are the red signs you have out un-Dayton friendly? How much more childish can you get over sign colors? It is truly funny. Gee, I wanted the best for my kids too (which did attend DISD schools for a few years), but we give our children what we can afford. Lastly, it doesn't matter how many hung up on the phone calls, we got a decent number of responses. And yes many organizations fight Texas Debt and Bond issues. Our very own Texas State Comptroller is consistently calling out ISD's for this obsessive need of bond debt that doesn't match the growth rates of Texas. Like or not Mr. Nations, we have a debt problem in our great state. And it all starts down the local level like this

Why do people who have always had plenty of money like our Superintendent always want to borrow money in the name of the taxpayer and minimize its ramifications? Jessica came from a wealthy banking family in Dayton and has never wanted for a thing. But shouldn't bankers, of all people, be the ones to warn against historically large loans that aremade to look small by long payouts? The people "for" the bond issue want voters to think that those against it are radicals, but Jessica and her rich friends are the radicals. The loan amount is ridiculously large and as much as they would like to charge debt off to future generations and act like that IS business as usual, this loan amount is unheard of and very unusual. Veru unacceptable.

My neighbor was trying to sell me on voting for the new school bonds. He stopped when I responded to his idea that it was just a few hundred dollars a year for us regular folks. My response was to point out to him that for that amount of money and theloan term, I could buy a brand new truck. Then I asked him if he felt DISD needed all of us regular people to borrow enough money to buy the equivalent of a new F-150? It gave him a whole new perspective of "just a few hundred dollars" is. The school may need some money but not these millions they are trying to stick on our bill!

Are you really interested in my child? Brand new buildings and the most modern looking class rooms will impress some, but will it give my child a better education and a better quality of life? And if you answer yes, to what degree should we collect money from the community and continuously build impressive buildings for the children that come through our school district in the future? After all, my oldest and my youngest are ten years apart. Shouldn't my youngest have a new building when she gets older rather than be subject tousing her sister's hand me downs?

Have all of our local political school officials lost their minds? it appears we are having an epidemic of public borrowing. It has spread like wildfire as Liberty ISD is preparing to follow Dayton ISD and two other Liberty id I miss something? Is there a reversal on the answer to the age old question of whether money grows on trees?

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I was driving 146 south today in the right lane running 70 mph minding my own business when here comes a Gal doing about 73 mph in the passing lane reading something laid up on the steering wheel. A car was coming up on her and she never looked up and drove all the way to I-10 and never moved to the right lane so that the other car could pass. REALLY!!!!! I don't know where these people ever got the ideal that they don't have to move to the right and share the road. I have got over a million miles under my belt in the past 30 years and I have never seen this kind of disrespect for others on the road. Nothing more than being rude and disrespectful to others on the road don't give a damn about any one else but themselves. Courtesy is contagious, try it, don't think like if you are doing the speed limit or better that you don't share the road and move to the right. Move right except to pass. Come own people be kind.

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In public life among a the constituents in a small rural town it is easy to be very popular one day and the next day hear demands for you to be strung fromthe highest tree. It is very simple dear public servants. Try to make everyone happy and you will make very few. Do the right thing and make yourself and the most possible happy in the long run. You see in a small town everyone has enough friends to cause a people-pleasing servant of the public enough grief to make them wish they had never taken the nice paying job they seek to defend by kissing rear ends. Some people have enough to clout to make you empty your office within weeks of a simple nasty look at them. So doing the right thing is your best option. Threatening people, firing people, belittling people, etc. to make you look like you are on top of your game - not a good idea. Being fair, honest, caring, TO ALL - your best bet. Please public servants realize we read i-dineout. We go to the grocwery store. We have freinds at church. We have friends at school. We know people. You can not act one way to one group and another way to others. Let your conscience and common decency guide you rather than bowing down to a small group you think will save you and your job if things go south.

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I have now seen everything in Liberty County politics. A man claiming to be a "college football player" and a "defender of liberty' joining his high school buddy whose simliar claim to be a "defender of liberty" seems to be rooted in a degree from a law school are spreading the new mantra of young conservatives. Like their resumes, they are somewhat choosy about what they say and where they say it. For instance the "lawyer" has been in a courtroom less than many adoptive parents. And "the college football player"...... well let's just say, you have bever been to a game his college team played in or one where any of tehir opponents did. These two clowns graduted three yearsbefore me just down the rode in the land of panther pride, but like I said, they are choosy hwere they say certain things. They have one foot in the Republican party, but are constantly berating it. (Convenient and chickensh^t, wouldn't you say?) They talk about defending liberty, but have no or few wars in their personal version of history they say the United States should have fought. They claim to be constitutionalist, but when it comes to the one thing most all agree is the government's responsibility - THE COMMON DEFENSE - they choose certain places to admit they do not think we should have a standing army.... or at other times, they balance the budget the Democrat way - cut the bohankers out of the defense budget. There must be something in the water in Liberty Texas! With loudmouths like these two pontificating in public restaurants, the Democratic party will rise again. Speak up and come out of the closet everywhere or shut up!

Drug Arrest in City Cemetery

In response the arrest at the Liberty Cemetery why was that child not taken into CPS custody?

Re:City cemetary arrest. At 1:00am when an arrest is made, who is CPS? Where is CPS? Is a there a safe place at that time designated for the purpose of taking small children when adults are arrested? I am serious about this question? This arrest made me wonder how Liberty handles things like this.

In RE: Drug arrest in cemetery. The child will be released to a family member if one is available to take care of him/her.

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We have two (2) years until we elect a "NEW" Liberty County Sheriff and we have to elect a person with Law Enforcement. So, anyone who wants to run against Bobby Rader, make it know, ASAP. Many voters are ready for a change and want to see an experienced Law Enforcement Officer, with Leadership abilities. Our current Sheriff, has only 7 years of experience in law enforcement. Thanks!

While it is true our sheriff has a little more than four years left on his first term as sheriff and while competiton for public office is good for the public, I can not find anyone to run for that office that is better than the incumbent. Perhaps the two or three people who are constantly stirring up trouble for our law enforcement can come on out with their 'mystery" candidate so we can all be impressed by his credentials and his obvious superiority to the easily elected 2012 candidate (rader won easily).

Three People Arrested in Theft of Wallet Case

Meth, it will make you do just about anything! My grandchild has been allowed by their parent to hang out with Cody and Tiffany, don't know about the Glover girl, but probably her also!

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My isn't Liberty a picturesque little town. Just look at the number of family owned and family atmosphere businesses. Oh wait, there are none. Instead it has become a trash town. You have liquor stores, tatoo parlors, pawn shops, cigar shops, donut shops, and numerous mexican food places. Well thats it. Hats off to the city leaders and developers

Letter to the Editor

What a moron. Who cares what this pinhead says or thinks. Who does he think he is to stick his nose into local government proceedings that are perfectly legal and working well. There isn't a county in Texas that is not behind financially. I'm a Republican and this goof doesn't speak for me or my family. Hey Jeff Lablank or whomever you are, go squirm back under the rock for whatchamacallit you came from.

Thank you for publishing the Letter to the Editor about the DISD Bond issue.

On the bond for Dayton ISD...when you build any school no matter what town, at some point it will be too small if the town continues to grow. I am not sure yet on how I feel about the bond but I do know that getting tennis courts are important and having 2 campus that house k-5 is an awesome thing. Hopefully it will cut down on the amount of children in each classroom which would then give each child more one on one with their teacher as to help with any areas they children needs extra help in. My issue with the entire thing is that we built a beautiful field and trach for our Broncos to play football on but yet we are still not allowed to use the track after 5pm bc no one wants to come and lock it up after that. Also, we have totally been locked out of each playground due to some parents not watching their own children so they then destroy the playgrounds after school hours. I feel like if we continue to okay every bond but are still not allowed to use the track or other school facilities then why are we paying for them?? Shouldn't we, as tax payers, be allowed to use what we are paying for or do we continue to pay and keep our mouths shut as not to "make a scene" because we are a small town and don't want our community upset with us? Yes, I am aware we can go and walk around the community center but I would like to walk the track, if I chose to and not have to worry about making someone upset or made to feel like we should be on that field. If it so important and no one can be on it, then we shouldnt be paying for it!! PERIOD!!

I have been involved in Republican politics ina real public way for almost as long as anyone questioned around here and I have publicly challenged Mr. LeBlanc over his affiliations and his bonifides more than once. I may have frustrated him and pushed him to declare exactly what he is "for" and :against" as much or more than anyone. Having said that, this letter to the editor is pure conservatism and Mr. Jeff LeBlanc may have some difficulty trying to pull libertarians in to party activism with him, but he is the real deal. Agree with him or not, he has proven to me he has more integrity and is a great spokesman for Texas and for conservatism. Argue with him if you want, but you may identify yourself as less than Republican when you do. He is fighting for a return to economic intelligence and standing tall for Christian morality while trying to help push the government out of our pockets, etc. Bravo sir! If the heat gets too hot, your detractors better run for cover!

To reply to feedback: First, my family owns a business in Dayton and likely pay a larger share of taxes than the average homeowner in Dayton. That does indeed give me a voice when you want to burden me with more debt. Second, I only put the organization I was with because we are working the no campaign. You'll notice I did not mention party affiliation as this issue affects the entire community. And, let's be honest, we didn't get to 17 trillion dollars in debt via one party. Lastly, let's be CRYSTAL clear on what a bond is, it is NOT free money. We ALL repay it. What are bonds? A bond is a debt instrument. It is the government borrowing money they do not have upon the promise (collateral) of future taxation. Taxation is the wicked step-sister of spending. No cuts in spending will lead to more taxes and/or more debt. Politicians lie to us and tell us they are against taxation, when they are not anti-spending. Taking control of spending locally is a prerequisite to doing something about national spending and debt. The players at the national level are even more entrenched and the loot is bigger. Vote NO on all bonds and say YES to freedom and fiscal responsibility!

The Dayton News is a one sided news organization. They will only print DISD provided news. No doubt someone at the paper wants the taxpayers to only hear one side of this issue.

Editor's Note - You may want to review the articles at the following links concerning public debt locally and in Texas.

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http://www.i-dineout.com/pages2014/Comptroller.7.1.2014.html

http://www.i-dineout.com/pages2014/Comptroller.5.5.2014.html

http://www.i-dineout.com/pages2013/Debt.6.6.2013.html

Leblanc, shut up, just shut up. We don't care what you have to say. You are nothing more than a kook who wants attention just like Aubrey Vaughn who won't shut up. Do the Republican Party a favor and shut your pie hole and quit embarrassing the Republcans with your "real deal" dribble. Thank you...

I have a question I hope someone can answer for me. These bonds are loans that the tax increases pay off in time. But, they DO eventually get paid off. What happens to the tax increase money when the bonds are paid? Everyone just keeps on paying it. Where does the money go then? We never get it back. We just keep paying more and more on new bonds they have to have.

"LeBlanc shut up"? What an eloquent rebuttal! Demonize a man that has worked non stop to breath new life into the conservaties since Lester Wisegerber compromised the principles we believe in.

In reply to "I have a question I hope someone can answer for me. These bonds are loans that the tax increases pay off in time. But, they DO eventually get paid off. What happens to the tax increase money when the bonds are paid? Everyone just keeps on paying it. Where does the money go then? We never get it back. We just keep paying more and more on new bonds they have to have." You have figured it out. The debt never goes away, because another bond and another and another is always added before one is paid off. Just as DISD is $17M in debt currently, they will now, with this addition be over $100M. They love the fact that their $17M is almost paid off in a 'few' more years...but is that even worthy of mentioning while piling on $87M more? Not really. It is a never ending cycle of re-payment of debt. Texas schools have grown 19%, Debt service up 103%. God Bless our current comptroller who is advocating non-stop about the un-sustainability of the school debt in our state, it is reaching insane levels.

General Comments

When is the county going to do something about the meth heads selling and doing drugs around the elementary school in Hull the whole north block is meth alley please help us!!!!

"The whole north block is meth alley...." That is total nonsense. I know many people that live north of the elementary school in Hull, and none of them are meth users. Are there users over there, I have no doubt that there are. But to call the entire north side of the elementary school "meth alley" is a bit of an exaggeration. Drugs are an issue in every community and it needs to be stopped, but sitting around screaming that the sky is falling isn't fixing the issue. Focus on some of the good going on in the town of Hull and you will see there is a lot more good than bad.

Y'all worried bout getting meth off the streets you ever thought that the police putting it on the streets liberty county is curupted and been that way they nothing but rejects

Read the whole post before you make ignorant comments, i didnt say everyone was on meth, i said it is taking over that part of town, you have a major dealer just down the street and i have kids and it needs to be stopped, and get our nice neighborhood back, its people like you who choose to ignore the problem or perhaps you are the problem?

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When I moved here I was surprised to see such a thriving and openly active Masonic Lodge. The churches where I came from frowned on their work.

The new comer that is not thrilled about the Masonic Lodge needs to go back where she came from!

Liberty does indeed have an active Masonic Lodge. It's members believe in service to the community. They also have annual ceremonies that recognize community builders, the best teachers, and our law enforcement and firefighters/EMTs. Their recent cornerstone leveling ceremony at Liberty PD is symbolic of their belief in being a cornerstone of the community, striving to interact with all citizens in a level, charitable manner.

Christians are so freaky about the masonic lodge they need to chill and let the rest of practice our own religion.lodge.

Narcotics Investigation Yields Arrests

Really... "Narcotics Investigation..." This should be titled, "The community is sick of crack heads and has resulted to calling the police and telling them everything they know and the police finally got one!" Because I, personally, Have called with vehicle descriptions and plate #'s and they are still out there...

You are so right, I've gone as far as giving information, the people, address, license plates, you name it, to get these scumbags locked away. Most of them have children. What are our local officials doing? Are they not paid to serve and protect the children and law abiding, tax paying citizens of this county? I believe we need to call in one of our local news station investigators!!

GREAT JOB! I am glad to see some local drugs dealers off the streets. To the people complaining that they have called and given names, license plates, addresses etc.. please remember that these cases take time if you want these drug dealers off the streets. I am not sure what agency you are giving the information too but, it looks like to me these agencies are working hard to get "local" drug dealers off the streets. Again good job Dayton PD and Pct. #4 Constable's office keep up the hard work.

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I hear that the City of Daisetta has purchased yet another new patrol unit. This town continues to not have quality drinking water, decent streets, animal control, and can't spray for mosquitos when there have been several reports of west nile in the county but elect to purchase a new patrol unit for the Chief?? I don't get it. The Mayor and council have got to get their priorities straight. And while I am on my soap box the Mayor just might want to tell her "hubby" to stop discussing city business where the general public can hear all. This is such a liability for the city but I do not believe that either of them are smart enough to realize this. Please do not say that this doesn't happen, I have heard it with my own two ears while in town having lunch with my Mother. Makes me sad that the town I grew up in is in such bad shape due to poor leadership.

Mayor Debra Fregia went around kissing babies when she was being elected, now AGAIN walks around with her nose up like she is better than everyone, she should pay more attention to city businees, instead of worrying were her husband is and the dirt he is doing that everyone knows about, the roads in daisetta are terrible, please run again next election ERIC THAXTON i bet the outcome will be different

You are projecting your own beliefs. Debra Fregia is a very nice, very friendly person.

Daisetta has never had water that you can drink for the last thirty years and the last police car which was a lemon, was donated by Exxon- Mobil. Over a million dollars that was in a grant for a new well, was wasted and the remainder disappeared. We've had nothing but a bunch of thieves in the city hall for the past twenty years. When people in city hall get caught with their hand in the til the are allowed to "retire" and nothing is ever done to them. The sad part about this situation is that nobody will run for these offices that has the least bit of integrity or honesty. They ones that do run are only in it to see what they can get for themselves. Then there's poor old Eric Thackston who doesn't have the brains to pour piss out of a boot with the directions on the heel.

I have something to say about the comments regarding Mayor Fregia in Daisetta. First of all I didn't vote for her or the vice mayor Lynn.. they are both more messed up than a cricket in a hub cap! I often wonder if she won again because of the donation they made to the church right before election time?...probably the oil money Lynn has been getting... what's that you say? Lynn doesn't own any wells? Nope he doesn't.. but he sure acts as if he does ... He is the one really running Daisetta.. his wife is the puppet and he pulls the strings. I bet everyone that voted for her is really wishing they would have elected Eric Thaxton. He is a much better level headed person and is way smarter than a previous poster portrayed him to be. Debra Fregia is fake just as he is. Don't believe me? Just try and wave to him as he passes you on the road..before election.. he waved and would talk..now? He drives by like he doesn't even see you...

To the people complaining about the mayor in daisetta...hell least yall have a half way police dept...fire dept...local businesses. ..us in poor ames ain't got nothing but highrr taxes and nothing to show for it!!!!

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Why doesn't Liberty spray for mosquitoes anymore? We have 3 cases of West Nile and you never see them spray. Unbelievable. Who can we complain to about this?

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the T.V.E has gotten ridicoluosly outrageous on the prices you guys have made it to were a lower to middle class family cannot afford to take there chidren to this event.I mean 5 bucks to park in that mud pit, and 10 for each adult and 5 for kids just to walk in the place! It use to be about the kids, now its about WHO IS WHO in Liberty county, I for one could afford to take my family,but refuse to pay your ridiculous prices!

General comment regarding TVE...I agree with your statement! The only people charged are the general public! Money is left on the table because, too many people are getting in free and parking free due to who they know! You can pretty much bet if you are parked on the west side within the fairgrounds then you are there as a non paying guest! Ironically, most of these same said people are from a financial background that puts them in the upper income bracket! These people are in a better position financially to pay the required parking and fair prices! I am sure some of these people would lay claim to the fact that they contribute a lot of time and money to the TVE and would argue that they deserve a free pass! But, too many people are riding on these peoples coat tails that are NOT providing money or time!! What about the scholarships? What about upgrades and maintenance to the fairgrounds and parking areas? How ironic that the people paying for parking and entry to the fair grounds are directed to park in muddy fields and sludge thru the mud!!

About the T.V.E. it is NOT about the children anymore. It is ALL about the people on the board and the upper class people.Getting what they want to heck with the children.What happened with a dressing room, and other accesories they NEED..They can not use the dance hall and alchol.

TVE is not for kids and it has not been for years. All children want to go to the fair but unfortunately many cannot attend because it does not fit in the family budget. The TVE board should re-think about the projects they think are good, and think of the good of the children of Liberty and Chambers County. It is a sad situation how much money is NOT given in scholarships. We will never be Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, so lets use some common sense and bring it back to the children. Why not call the TVE and voice your opinion 936-336-7455?

Concerning the terrible parking conditions at the T.V.E. and the over priced entry fee. Don't go. It's a no brainer.

I am a vendor at TVE and have been for over 10 years. The price of entry into TVE is very expensive. Brady and the board, this is not Houston. This is Liberty County. People can not afford 10.00 just to walk in the gate....plus 5.00 parking....plus food and not even to talk about price of rides. What is the deal.

Wow, TVE prices are $10.00. Thats expensive. Whats up with that. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is cheaper!

It would do no good to call the TVE and complain, there probably already setting up there complimentary alcohol room, for the big shots, and picking out outfits for there pictures in the paper

TVE---I feel that TVE has outpriced the regular people in Liberty County. 5.00 to park in a muddy field, that requires wreckers to pull you out and that can cost. 10.00 for adults and 5.00 for children. so about 30.00 for two adults and one child and parking. Then here comes the expensive rides. I guess we need to pay for THE NEW PRIVATE CLUB THAT WAS BUILT INTO THE AREA . It is closed in and even air condition. Really nice. I wonder who will get to use it. Before you say it is not true--GO AND LOOK.

What does the TVE pay in property tax per year?

TVE: To the people griping about the cost of TVE and saying it's not for the kids anymore...the majority of you are ONLY going out there for the fair - and you are right, those prices are ridiculous...but guess what, the fair has NOTHING to do with the scholarships the kids receive! For those of you that are griping about parking - I have 2 parking passes - 1 in the Gate 1 parking area which is just as muddy as the general parking area - oh and by the way, I PAID to be a volunteer as a committee member...I also have a gate 3 West Side Box seat pass because my family PAID to have box seats. Those parking passes do not come without a price tag - I bust my a** out there during TVE week helping out where I'm needed. Those that are griping about not supporting kids - are you going to be out there today during the Auction and Freezer sale???? That money goes to the kids - but i'd be willing to bet that you won't be out there, you will just go to ride the carnival rides and eat vendor foods - NONE OF WHICH SUPPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR KIDS!!!! Before you start bashing TVE about it's prices, how about you walk a little in the shoes that work hard months on end to bring all of this together.

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What is the hold upon the new street coming off the bypass? Where does the street go? Why was it important enough for taxpayers to pay for it to access the bypass?

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If Bruce Stratton was a fair minded man he would already be working on freeing us from the hospital district tax since we will live several miles closer to the Hermann Hospital facility than the one in Liberty. the big question now is why would the Liberty taxpayers want to be taxed for a future hospital when there is one so near?

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Liberty people think everything revolves around them. I wrote a comment about our school's math department and followed it up with a comment about the cozy relationship between our board and our notsoSuperintendent and Liberty thinks it is all about them. Guess what Liberty, everything is not about you.

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This earlier morning, at around 1 am, I entered Liberty County, from San Jacinto County and traveled from north of the county to within 5 miles of the most southern part of Liberty County. It is a miracle that we can even live without being robbed or assaulted in our homes or on the public roads because in that early morning trip through Liberty County, Cleveland and Dayton there was not one law enforcement officer seen. Passing by Walgreens in Dayton, I noticed a male standing in the shadows smoking a cigarette. I can remember at one point in time, when Dayton had a Police Chief Buddy Bean that had officers on the street, patrolling in Dayton. The county had Sheriff "OJ", after getting the new jail, saying, "I own it, now fill it up!" We then had Sheriff Arthur another retired 30 year, DPS Trooper, who had "Mad Dog" Davidson as a Patrol Sgt., who never let his Deputies sit, they were moving and making traffic stops and crooks to jail. Liberty County will inherit bad crime. Liberty County is also running wide open, because the county has lost its "Real Police Officers". Now law enforcement is reduced to texting and Facebook. Saw that a young Dayton policeman had pictures posing in front of their patrol car and posted on social media. Buddy Bean "RIP", a great Trooper in Liberty County for a whole career and then a Great Dayton Police Chief, is rolling in his grave. Everyone buy a weapon and learn to use it, because it is not “isil” to worry about, it is a dope head allowed to run free and crime flourishing, because all our real law men are gone and like our new sheriff, who has 7 years experience has young morally unethical officers guiding him.

It's funny how some people's rose colored glasses filter the past days of law enforcement in Liberty County as better times. Here's the way I remember it... Sheriff Stewart did indeed start the new jail. He was also the person that first privatized it and let a for-profit company run it. He was also the Sheriff that ran out of gas and had deputies stay at home and answer most calls by phone. They could only leave their house for real emergencies. And let's not forget the nights when there were only two deputies patrolling the whole county. Then there was Buddy Bean. The former highway patrolman who brought the same traffic stop mentality to Dayton. He insisted his officers make traffic stops at the expense of everything else. The drug dealers knew their prime time for business was during school hours because all of the officers would be in the school zones. Then there was the quality of training back then. Officers and deputies were pretty much given a two or three day tour of their jursidiction, then turned loose. So sit back and keep drinking your Kool Aid from days gone by. I'll take today's Sheriff's Office deputies and Dayton PD officers over any of those from the past.

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Congratulations to Bridge City for winning their first game of the year! Hang in there Panthers. You are looking better every game.

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Since when does a professional football player, Adrian Peterson, charged with causing injury to his own child, get so much publicity and me, a concerned grandparent, has to sit back in this corrupt town and watch my grandchild slip through the judicial and educational system while watching the custodial parent get by with whatever they want to do? This is for the Liberty County CPS, Sheriff and Police Dept., Attorneys and Judges, School Staff, and Individuals that I have consulted with. I want to know, "How can you walk around holding your heads high?" I know most of you have grandchildren. What would you do if it were your grandchildren and you were told, "You don't have grandparents rights in the state of Texas?" What if you had to experience your grandchildren being raised by a parent that exposes them year after year to drugs, drug dealers, felons, promiscuous and risky behavior, lies, fear, and much more? Isn't this considered more than injury to a child? When is that parent held responsible and accountable for exposing that child to this environment? I have to wonder about the whole picture. Does this parent have more pull in Liberty than a professional football player?

To the person commenting about the lack of grandparents' rights in Liberty County, you are so right. We just went through this very scenario. We won, though, through pure stubbornness. Keep calling CPS. Any time there is an incident, call the cops. If there's no record, they can't do anything about it. You might tick them off, but they have to note it down. We went over the heads of the local CPS and magically got results. They do get a ton of pointless and unfounded calls, so the true needs fall in the cracks. It's up to you as a grandparent to make sure that doesn't happen. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. It took a year, but we eventually got custody of my niece (my mother, her grandmother, was the legal guardian). If the child's parent is into drugs, odds are, they have a record and are known to the police. Keep knocking on that door and you'll get a sympathetic ear at some point, even if they just get tired of hearing you! Good luck and God bless.

Hey "Adrian Peterson/wonder about the whole picture", the use of drugs changes the whole equation of parenting, civilized behavior, etc. If the legal system had the cure, it would be heaven on earth. There is no answer. There is no hope. You may have been the best parent in the world but drugs override everything good and enhance everything bad. I feel your pain, just know there is a legion of grandparents in the same boat. So much for a pleasant retirement.

In response to the grandparent trying to get DHR to do something about issues with their grandchildren(child). I live in Alabama and had to call on my daughter from here. She lives in Liberty County. None of my family would do anything even though they had first hand knowledge of what was going on. Well when my daughter went to jail and couldn't tell them where my grandchild was, I have issues. They removed her from my daughter's care the first time I called. If there are drugs involved call the cops. If you think your grandchild is being abused call the cops. You don't have to always call DHR. If the cops get involved and they are busted for whatever, that is a first step situation. Oh but the ending here is a happy one. My daughter got the help she needed and has become the best mother she can be to my grandchild. She was angry in the beginning, but came back later and thanked me.

Thank you, thank you, for all the responses about our children falling into the cracks of the judicial and educational systems!! I am relieved to know that I am not alone out there and refuse to accept that I have no rights about speaking out about my grandchild!! I'm telling you, even if it was another child going through the same thing time after time, and I knew about it,I WOULD DO ANYTHING TO GET THAT CHILD OUT OF THAT SITUATION!! When it comes to the parents being involved in drugs and their acquaintances this is totally unacceptable!! What does the CPS website, along with other articles say? It tells any individual that you should report any suspicion of child neglect or abuse. Well I'm telling you, I did on an acquaintance of mine who was neglecting their child, the child was taken by CPS and placed with a family member and doing very well. Now, what I don't understand when it comes to my grandchild, and the CPS has proof in the past of drug use on the parents, they are quick to tell me that I don't have Grandparents Rights. I also read that the person not reporting child abuse or neglect are just as guilty as those committing it. Make absolutely no sense to me!! To the response about the people who had to go over the CPS head, please tell me, how did you do it? I'M STUBBORN AND I WILL NOT GO AWAY LIBERTY COUNTY UNTIL THIS ISSUE IS RESOLVED AND MY GRANDCHILD HAS A SAFE, SECURE, ENVIRONMENT TO LIVE IN BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!

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One problem with Liberty is they do not use their assets very well. According to my Liberty friends instead of committing to the consolidation of the school district they are still holding on to three old abandoned campuses. Two campuses near the river and a large campus in the residential section behind their Mexican restaurant are not utilized for much of anything. They are off of the tax rolls and require at least some maintenance. The shame of the whole thing is Liberty will probably have success getting bonds issued before us. They should be asking the question, “Do we really need to spend money now or should we consider a way to use what we have?” This is not true for us though. We have no assets to trade or sell. We are the largest school district in the county, not Liberty. We are the fastest growing district in the county, not Liberty. We need a bond issue badly. Our school board is not a bunch of friends wanting to go on a shopping spree. We have serious needs.

I could care less about Liberty's schools, but Dayton's taxpayers I care about. We are in a perilous time with a novice in foreign affairs for a President and a bunch of Republicans stopping any action that might help the economy. Please don't even consider a bond issue fellow taxpayers!

I do not know the condition of Dayton’s school district’s finances or the property they own. With all due respect to the person from Dayton who hopes they will pass a bond issue there, you know some of the economics involved over here across the river in Panther country. One of the campuses you refer to is the old West Liberty school. It is unusable because of asbestos. This property would sell for very little money because of its location and the cost of leveling everything on it. The old San Jacinto property is in “a residential area” just as you said, and if Liberty grows it is in a great place for the facilities that will be needed. If you have ever served on a city council or school board you might would hesitate to sell this property. If the land over between Sun’s oil tanks and the by pass is developed residentially, the school system would have to turn back around and buy property if they sold this land. I understand your frustration and the need your community has for a successful bond election, but we are not competing with you. Many ofus want to take advantage of the low interest rates over here too. The administration building has been taped and nailed and painted together for years. If that building was a person, it could draw social security. We need more parking for the football stadium and the land that building sits on is the logical location. Our district’s building are well maintained now, but we are wasting money patching that dinosaur when we could be using that money to prepare for the future. I wish you luck on whatever your educational needs are and hope you will be the same about us.

I think your sources are misinformed about Liberty ISD's land holdings. Liberty has two old school grounds. one is over off of Texas and Grand where most of the school has been cleared from the site. The other is almost like a crackhouse for some of the druggies around here and it is halfway between the post office and the river.

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http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/most-least-educated-cities-u-s-n204856 /// Beaumont is "The Least Educated City", Beaumont is making big news isn't it?! I believe the whole city is deteriorating. It may eventually become the Detroit of Texas. People who can are moving away from it. I have noticed the city is being governed and led by ethnic minority leaders. Funny how that seems to happen gradually over of period of time.

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I saw where the Birdwell man received a 10 year sentence for the death of that passenger in that accident last year. As awful and tragic as that whole incident was and is, I hope he gets probation, there is no reason to completely ruin his life. In a county and city that promotes drinking this is a hypocritical reaction to what happened. Drinking and over indulgence permeates this area, and as shown in court cases causes a multitude of trouble. The families involved I'm sure are suffering and will continue to suffer from this incident for ever, but the imprisonment of this man will solve nothing, the county and city neglect to address the problem of over drinking though is what's needed. That is a pipe dream though, because the high profile officials can't allow the spotlight be shown too brightly as they too encourage business to sell liquor, and indulge themselves, one local county employee for years had so many "whiskey dents" in his cars it was a running joke about his drinking. Anyway I hope this guy gets help and probation, and the families can find someway to heal.

regarding the Birdwell guy: He absolutely deserves the 10-year imprisonment!! He made the choice to drink and get behind of the wheel of a vehicle that wasn't even his, drive irresponsibly way too fast, and take the life of a teenager while seriously injuring another! It was his choice to drink and drive, so now he must live with the consequences. Are you trying to tell me that he should have just gotten a slap on the wrist & made to do some community service?? This whole unfortunate incident needs to be a wake-up call for sure, but how do you think that would be done if the person responsible only got probation? It's like the campaign slogan we have heard for years: "You drink, you drive, you go to jail" and in this case, a 16 year old child's life was taken way too soon - absolutely this guy deserves his punishment

About the birdwell case and the idiot that thinks he deserves probation.....the deceased persons family will never get to see them again ever! And all because of that man mans negligence! ... that mans problems and his families! The victim lost theirs forever. I also lost my son,to a methhead. Been over a year and still hasn't seen a day in jail he took my only son from me! They better give him a whole lot more than ten years! Personally I believe in an eye for eye. But I'm trying My best to see what our judicial system will do..... And to end my rant.... You sir are a...

"In a county and city that promotes drinking this is a hypocritical reaction to what happened....one local county employee for years had so many "whiskey dents" in his cars it was a running joke about his drinking." Funny how you talk about people being hypocritical, and then throw out some gossip and rumors about a former county employee. Hypocriticial much?

Concerning the Birdwell case, Ryan Birdwell stood in front of the entire Haidusek family and never once showed remorse nor even looked them in the face. He knew that he was guilty of not just taking the life of Garrett Haidusek for drinking and driving but also for bullying his way into Garrett's truck and refusing to slow down when the boys begged him to do so! 10 years is a small price to pay for taking someone's life in such a senseless act. He also got a chance to show that he had learned from this night but instead continue to drink and drive and even had his bond revoked when he had a "buddy" blow into his breathalyzer several times. He also admitted on the stand that he continued to drink and drive while out on bond. You are right, putting him into jail may not stop the others from drinking and driving however, the Haidusek's deserve some type of justice and we can just hope that the youth in our communities that have mourned the death of Garrett will think about their actions when they consider drinking and driving. Hopefully at least one life will be saved by the court's actions and perhaps many more!

As for the Birdwell case...the adults of that party should be responsible also for serving liquor to minors and letting them leave knowing something could happen.

Concerning the Birdwell case, I too agree with the poster who called out the adults at that party who allowed the kids to drink to excess and then let them get into a car drunk, they must carry some of the responsibility for what happened.

Birdwell Case: The person driving was 23 he is an adult.

birdwell case...the kids were under age and were drinking. doesnt matter if they were just passengers..they NEVER should have been drinking since they are minors. What is wrong with the parents that let their under age kids drink.

Birdwell Case: It wasn't about the 2 passengers! Of the 2 passengers 1 did not have anything to drink. Ryan did NOT have permission to take Garrett's truck! The fact of the matter is RYAN an ADULT took a truck that did not belong to him and bullied 2 kids, killed one, left him on the road dead and one screaming for help as he called a RIDE! Garrett did drink and his parents weren't at the party BUT he was NOT driving!!! If you think his parents are so awful... go talk to them!

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Wow, Memorial Hermann hospital comes to Dayton! And look what Liberty has - a hospital tax with nothing to show for it. Disgusting.

Memorial Hermann Agrees to DaytonFacility:////Poor Dayton taxpayers. $500,000 to get MH to come to Dayton for only a 5 year guarantee to stay open. Dayton citizens can drive to Baytown in about 10 minutes. SMH. I believe it comes down to that," We MUST beat Liberty", mentality. Or course, nothing will change the fact that Dayton was once known as West Liberty.

In one clean swoop, Dayton has declared their independence from the slavery of Bruce Stratton's liberty hospital tax scam. Herman Hospital has stepped up to the plate and won't be intimidated by the liberty city scam artist. My fiends and family will positively support the new Herman Hospital Dayton partnership.

"In one clean swoop, Dayton has declared their independence from the slavery of Bruce Stratton's liberty hospital tax scam."? Where did they say that Dayton was going to get out of paying the Hospital District tax? Won't that take a new vote to change the district boundaries?

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THE BEST FOOTBALL TEAM IN TEXAS HISTORY In 1916, virtually the entire US Army, as well as many National Guard units, were posted in the border with Mexico. They were there to keep the Mexican Revolution on the Mexican side of the border. That so many National Guard units had been activated is key to our story. Lots of young men had to put their college educations on hold when their units were called up. One of those units, training at Camp Scurry in Corpus Christi, was the 2nd Texas Infantry. The men of the 2nd Texas came primarily from the schools of the Southwest Conference. To keep morale up, the Army brass encouraged the National Guard units to form football teams that fall. Of the fifteen men who made up the 2nd Texas squad, nine were from the University of Texas team, three were Aggies, two played at Baylor and one came from Southwestern. They would compile an 8-0 record, beating their opponents by a combined score of 432-6. The only team to score on them was the 12th Division All-Stars, coached by Lt. Dwight D. Eisenhower. That score was 34-6. But the 2nd Texas was resting its starters for the big season finale to be held in San Antonio four days later. The opponent would be the 1st New York Cavalry. That team was a juggernaut of thirty-three lettermen from big Eastern schools like Syracuse, Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell and Princeton, all football powerhouses back then. This promised to be a real competition for the 2nd Texas. Twenty-five thousand fans were in attendance, the most ever to see a game in Texas at that time. The result: a 69-0 route by the 2nd Texas, the second biggest margin of victory of the season. The first was 102-0 shellacking of the 7th New York Infantry two weeks earlier. It seems facing off with New Yorkers brought out the best in the Texas boys.

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Has anyone seen the latest Faux News retard accusation against the Prez? Faux says no military action has been taken by the U.S against the ISIS, even though there has been 160 air strikes by the U.S. against the ISIS...Fox news is such a dumb bunch of reporters.

Re: Has anyone seen the latest Faux News retard accusation against the Prez?/////You know, you liberals will lie about anything. I watch Fox News quite often and they never said that. They may have said it is not enough. But, even I know that.

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I may be wrong but if my child is any indication our math scores will be similar to our football scores this year. What happened to our math department?

The problem does not start with the math department, it starts with an over emphasis on football. That starts at the top!

The math department at Liberty I.S.D. high school has major problems.

Sick of all the courting and coddling the notsoSuperintendent does with the school board as he gets his way while the district's reputation suffers because of his poor decisions.

How about helping the kids with the math homework so they are able to learn? Learning is not supposed to end when the student leaves school for the day...

This comment sounds like an educator's condemnation of all of us parents in Liberty: "How about helping the kids with the math homework so they are able to learn? Learning is not supposed to end when the student leaves school for the day..." Undoubtedly made by someone drawing a paycheck from us parents, this person assumes more than they know. Criticizing what we do at home with our own children is no substitute for those who have represented themselves as experts from doing a good job for our children when we send them to spend the day at school.

How can anyone have so many comlaints about their child's school when it just started?

"This comment sounds like an educator's condemnation of all of us parents in Liberty" Way off with your educator guess, but nice try. I work to earn my paycheck as you do, and far away from the world of education. It was just a polite suggestion that you help your child when they are struggling, especially with math.

My child is not "struggling" in math, but the math department that use to prepare people to go off to be engineers is not as good at upper level math instruction.

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The postings are really out there. The guy who is going to protect his dead wife's grave with a gun and a dog? Uh... she's dead man what are you going to do kill someone who is stealing flowers? The posts about the people who were arrested in Daisetta for alcohol to minors and crack? Why is it so important to be so hateful to someone like that, and the City of Liberty police chief is leaving because Liberty is like Daisetta? That doesn't even make sense.

Re: The postings are really out there. The guy who is going to protect his dead wife's grave with a gun and a dog?/////You know, it is people like you that keep crime going. I am behind the man all the way. If I were on a Grand Jury I would not indict him for eliminating some trash. A cemetery is sacred ground. Keep your thieving hands off of anything there.

Re: "if I was on a Grand Jury I would not indict him..." So I'm the problem? You wouldn't indict a person who takes the law into his own hands? You wouldn't indict a person who does violence with a firearm? No, I'm not the problem YOU are the problem, YOU and that man who is probably mentally unstable because he is unable to grieve for his dead wife properly. He and You poster are the epitome of what is wrong with this Nation, a violent intolerant society that thinks guns are the answer to every problem. Insane nuts all.

Oh my, I for one hope the gentleman who has some dirty, lowlife thief stealing from his wife's grave uses .00 buckshot. If someone steals from a graveyard they would steal from their own mother, and no doubt the world would be a better place without them.

To the poster who hopes the mentally ill man protecting his dead wife's grave with #00 buckshot, two words...stupid redneck.

So he's mentally ill because he wants someone to stop stealing from his wife's grave? And others feel they would do the same thing to a thief, a grave robbing thief at that. Dumb rednecks?maybe you should move to houston and leave us dumb rednecks out here. You liberal POS. we (rednecks) have made this county and state till the Yankees and liberals came in and try to run something. Take your ass back north of the mason

To the poster who thinks we "liberals and Yankees" should move to Houston or "back up north" because we are POS who don't think people should take the law into their own hands. You rednecks are all the same, violent morons who live in a world of cowboy and gunfighters western movies, who are so full of hate that they need to have their guns taken away and put in hospitals for the insane.

I applaud the man for taking up actions against a low down thieving grave robber,what the world needs is a bunch of rednecks. At least we have common sense unlike those in Washington... In my redneck words"you Ain't got it dont spend it" and you don't like out this way pardner go somewhere your wanted... Like New York City boy! Lol

The man who claims someone is stealing from his wife's grave doesn't say what was taken, he offers no proof of anything removed, only that he says it's going happened, in his mind anyway. The posters who are defending his right to shoot someone, without a trial or even being arrested, only on sentimentality of one emotionally misguided widow with a gun and a dog. If you have a gun always add a dog that's the redneck symbol of country good old boyness. The posters who advocate his right to shoot first and ask questions later reflect the idiotic mind set that permeates this area, a steady diet of Gunsmoke, Fox News, beer, takes its toll on the brains of ones that live in that way.

re: graverobber.to that person defending the kind of crap it takes to steal from the dead.you are lucky you live in america an have the right to tell us all how stupid we are,well lets see darn near every subject on here,an your answer is usually the dumb rednecks,dont know anything.your obviously intelligent. i think you get some sort of kick out of agitating people cause surely an educated person like yourself cant think its alright to steal...anything.are you an agitator.

To the poster who watches Fox News "all the time", you may watch it all the time, but between beers you may have missed some of the important fails they broadcast. It's a fact that those who watch Fox are the most uninformed and misinformed people in the Nation.

Fox viewers are the most ignorant people in this country.The poll proves it. next topic!

It's sad to see the amount of liberal stupidity in our area. All of the fox news experts on this board. It's amazing how they all watch such a terrible news station enough to come to the exact same conclusions about it's other viewers. They use the exact same stereo types, beer drinking, gun toting, etc. I wonder if they actually believe these are their own original thoughts or if they realize that they are just regurgitatating the thoughts that the comedians they watch for news have put in their head. The person that took the time to sit down at a keyboard and bash a guy who's wife's grave is being desecrated, and then, in the same post, wonders why someone would be "so hateful" to a druggie child abuser is a classic.

Re:"the amount of liberal stupidity in our area", you poster is what is sad, the original post found fault with the needless dogging of a person caught in an unfortunate situation, and taking cheap shots at their appearance like that helps any thing, that's just cruel. The other part of the post took issue with an obviously crazy old man who thinks that shooting someone is the answer to his problem, he is unstable and he has a gun (and a dog) and is threatening to use both to defend a grave, doesn't that seem a little out of proportion to the crime? The stereotyping is much more than just stereotyping poster it is a fact, alcohol induced logic fueled by silly sentiment is everywhere in this half raised culture of Fox news fed sibling society. You poster are indignant someone would dare question your self righteous attitude toward your gun carrying dog loving sad old widow, instead of demanding a more mature approach to the grief he carries. Old men with emotional problems don't need guns, and they sure as hell don't need idiots validating their dangerous threats, if he kills someone he thinks is desecrating his wife's grave, then you poster will carry that blood on your hands, not mine.

re: the amount of liberal stupidity in our area: were all unstable,we all got guns,thats why you supposed to follow the laws of the land..fine line between fear and respect.and for the record i watch CNN

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To whoever is robbing my wife's grave beware, What goes around will come around, You will nver kow what night me, the dog and the shotgun will be out there from now own. I mean what can they do to me, take my wife away again??

Two Arrested for Furnishing Alcohol to Minors

2 gallons of gas and a couple of rocks, sounds like a party to me. Loser.

Soooo, they had that Daisetty look about 'em, huh? Daisetta is what Liberty has come to look like. No wonder our Chief of Police wants to leave.

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The incident with the NFL player Ray Rice is despicable. Those involved tried to whitewash the whole thing, that's obvious. When it comes to football the players with the talent are protected. This starts in high school and the practice follows then as long as they can play. Local ISD's are guilty of looking the other way when it comes to their prize players, mediocre academic performance, drugs, sexual improprieties, all hushed up and all known by coaches, but are given a whitewash because they want a winning team.

Why Keep Believing It?

Bobby Rader is a LIAR and seems to lie no matter the subject or reason to lie. Bobby’s little mentor group is Vita, Brad and Timmy and it seems they stroke his ego, while giving him terrible advice, as not to say what he does not want to hear. Vita is many things to Bobby and one is his Facebook Webmaster, is one of those many complex, duties she does for him, but post pictures, that make him look like a lying fool. Allen, you are a genius! What fool, other than our County Sheriff, would turn over an invoice and a check written on a local bank for $46K+ for one Tahoe. This past weekend Vita using her Sheriff's Tahoe sitting on display at the Dayton Civic after her cheerleader’s decoration on the vehicle being $28,756 cost and $11,390 for equipment. Bet she is too old to do a cheerleader split, but she still remembers how to decorate windows. The part I laughed about is Vita’s 13-19 miles per gallon on the side glass. I have been driving for over 50 years and those figures are a little high by 4 mpg, especially with a Cop driving with his/her foot into the Carburetor, knowing they will not be stopped by other agencies. Bobby, you knew profit margins on insurance, so it was easy to lie to people and smile looking them in the face. This is not an insurance business you own and everyone is watching you lie, while grinning at us.

About the LCSO. driving the County vehicles home. They need to provide their own vehicles to and from work. NOT county property.and at the tax payers cost..

Way to go Chief Deputy Veta Oriely

You know there was a time that a lot of people wanted to live in Liberty County because it was the centerpoint between Houston and Beaumont. Now all I ever see on I-dineout.com is people griping about Liberty County and it's officials. I used to want to come back home to live but not anymore. Thank you to the powers that be.

It’s obvious the Sheriffs application doesn’t have math on it.

the amount on the invoice and the amount the police posted on the vehicle was about a about a 5900 dollar difference. maybe the police should be trying to figure out who pocketed the 5900 dollars.

Drugs Found in Vehicle on US 59

Well I'm sure the folks down in Memphis, TN are impressed but exactly how does this solve the drug problem in Liberty County?

Man Arrested for Possession on US 59

How does arresting guy from PA passing through our county with marijuana help stop the drug problem here in our county. Surely its a better plan to clean up problems in our own backyard first? Then they can get started on the rest of the nation once they get the dopers under control here

Sheriff only some grass but no cash, for you to throwaway trying to ride along tipping windmills!

Hardin Man Arrested for Sale of Drugs

Constable Thornton remember when the Commissioner's Court turned you down for manpower? Well, the Sheriff's Department has 6 full-time Deputies working a couple miles I-69 and found less dope, while you cover the rest of the county. Keep going Constable I cannot wait to vote for you again!

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Why is it that every time it rains I loose power at my residence. You would think that as much as the City of Liberty charges for utilities and the amount of taxes we pay, this wouldn't be a problem. I understand that power goes out sometimes, but every time it rains. This is ridiculous! If I could use another power company I would, but we live in the city where we have no choice. Almost seems criminal, Thanks Mr. Mayor.

Oh I agree with the poster who was complaining about the city power going off at the slightest weather disturbance. Only it's not the Mayor it's the City Manager who has all the push here in the City. The City bigwigs allow him to do what he pleases just so they don't have to get their hands dirty, and in a lot of ways he has gotten away with "murder". Dig around and talk to City employees and former employees, they will be gladly to spill their guts on some things done that aren't always "kosher".

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Commissioners! Take the jail back and get the sheriff's office up to standard and tell Rader to follow the law on county cars!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Allen Youngblood for trying to lead the horses to water. Maybe they will drink.....maybe they won't.

I see everybody talking about the deputy who drives his tahoe to sugarland daily, but what concerns me more is whoever is driving that f-350 dually home every day. That thimg probable gets 11 mpg, not to mention the additional operational cost of a truck like that. I drive a diesel so I know the operational cost to upkeep one of these trucks and I see someone driving down 2100 nearly every day in LCSO f350. There is no reason for the SO to have someone driving a truck like that every day. Isnt that to be used for their mobile command unit? When it breaks down, how will you pull your MCU? Are you just going to go buy a new one at the tax payers expense? And if your deputies need a new truck, one dont you take that GMC Denali that has been impounded for many years and make it useable at a minimal cost? All I see there is whst could have been a possible 25-30k at auction gojng to waste. Not to mention the storage space that truck and the four wheelers (one of which was stolen and probably worth 15k at the time) sat in the PCT 2 barn for a while. Get your head from between your legs raider, or leave it there and kiss your job goodbye.

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I am concerned that even a little bit of power that comes with any elected position is becoming almost routinely abused. First we have a school board memebr who obviously is using his position, now we have Constable DeSpain. I doubt news reports showing this "lawman" interrupting a ball game is enough to embarass him and make him tone it down. I am to the point where I am willing to help finance lawsuits against rogue elected officials. It matters not whether they are city council, school board, constables, or dog catchers. They are not God. Too much pro active intrusion into otherwise forgettable situations is damnable. Tarkington or any other community did NOT elect you to go out and cause problems where situations are well in hand. Get it DeSpain!

DeSpain looked ridiculous out there. I agree, Tarkington needs to vote out people who are using their office to grind their axes.

That Tarkington board member has backed off. His behavoir is in no way comparable to Constable DeSpain's.

In case you missed the game, it was a circus at one point. A complaint has been filed on L.W. DeSpain by the referees of the Splendora/Tarkington game. In addition to the fifteen yard penalty the Constable cost the Longhorns, the Huffington Post and Houston news channels have made hay out of the ordeal. No school border member was cited, nor was anyone else.

Who is more egotistical and power hungry than an elected official? Two elected officials. DeSpain! You are not the one who calls ball games. You and the buddy that fired you up need to get a life.

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I hope Bobby Rader is someone who can listen to criticism and filter out the part he disagrees with and use the part that really points to a need for change. He needs to make his people park their cars and SUVs at the nearest safe county property to their house and quit letting them drive out of the county to their house. Potentially we have a sheriff's office that could be on a pathway to improving. We have a leader that could be really good. Bu one of the decisions Bobby Rader has to make is if he is just going to ignore or demonize peope speaking out on the only viable social media site worth reading. Watch and see if he listens if people on here don't get benind him. They will. If he will. Ears are an imporatnt body part to waste!

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My oh my how the mighty have fallen. Not just a lousy losing athletic department and a stagnant academic program but lousy management of the entire school district

Person on Top Ten List Taunts LCSO

I can't help but noticed how you chose word your heading( top ten most wanted taunts lcso). Let me correct you!!!.. I was not taunting anyone!!!... I was excersizeing my right to freedom of speech!!!.. Plz don't twist my reasoning around for your on benefit!!!... Further more being the only thing you seem to be concerned with is the warrent, you can rest a sure and get sleep at night knowing that the warrent is being addressed!!!... Sir my family and I was wrongly done and wrongly accused!!.. And now I will have my day in court and I WILL PROVE IM INNOCENT!!!!

Mr. carter I hope that you have your day in court and I hope they call all the little girls to testify! and your wife who invites these young girls to stay all night and then leaves them with you knowing you have done this before, don't just threaten the sheriffs dept, you have not dealt with the families of these victims. quit hiding. While you are trying to pleasure yourself in front of them, try reading hooked on phonics you are an idiot because you believe everyone is gonna believe you.

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Sheriff Rader is apparently more interested in being popular with his deputies than doing the job he was elected for. I supported his election, even though he had no experience, because I thought he would at least be fair and honest. I never expected him to go to the media whining about some of his deputies having to get food stamps to get by. First of all I do not believe that, and if it is true why don't they leave their gun and badge home and get a job which will support their families. Is it because they are too into toting a gun? Then I really lost respect for the Sheriff when he threatened to remove the courthouse security when their are so many nut cases running around wanting to kill people.I have read about the Sheriff asking for more money from the county many times He sets a budget for his department and seems to always go over it especially for fuel for the vehicles. Thursday Sept. 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM a sheriffs deputy had his car backed up in the weeds on FM 1960 by the overpass about 8 miles west of Dayton running radar. If the Sheriff does not have enough deputies to answer all the call the sheriffs dept. gets how do they have time to run radar on a state road. Oh, and by the way Sheriff, his engine was running.

Keep it up with BobbyBoy, you got him running scared.

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Today for lunch, I went to the Chinese Wok. Upon arrival, I notice that the Drug Interdiction Unit (Niemeyer, Young and another officer whose name I do not know)are inside eating. When I walk pass their vehicles, they are both running. I was there for a good 40-50 minutes and when I left the SUV's were still running. I arrived after them and left before them. On July 8th, wasn't the Sheriff requesting $80,000.00 more to fund fuel for his officers? I've once asked an officer (not part of DIU) why did they leave their vehicles running if they were not in them..the answer was because are computers cannot get too hot. I asked another officer and he said that was not true that he always turns his vehicle off. Now one might say, they have K-9's and they cannot be left in a vehicle that is not running with air conditioner. Which is true. But in my opinion, why isn't there a place for the dogs to..you know be dogs until they are needed. Seems like it would be cheaper to have them a designated place until duty calls rather than sitting in a running SUV while the officers are inside enjoying lunch.

The citizen viewing the vehicles running and have been told various stories about it. The Number One Reason was the Deputy wanted to get back into a cool vehicle, during this hot time of the year. The computer story is a crock of Bull-Shit! Just leave the PC on and they have internal fans that will keep the PC at proper temperature. See the Law Man driving that vehicle, will follow what he sees his Main Boss doing and that is lying and your taxes being sucked through Timmy's Tahoe, while he eats is A-Okay, with Sheriff Bobby, because my goodness he may eat and find 10 grams of grass on the next corner. In reality now 10 grams means you are nearly out! Sheriff Bobby is a façade of a real Sheriff and he needs Timmy. He is the Sheriff's Salvation and he will defend him until he loses the next election. See, all Sheriff Bobby has to do is go to Commissioner's Court and ask for more gasoline money and he gets it. Citizens of Liberty County, we as taxpayers are paying in excess of $7000, just to put gas in Timmy's County Tahoe, JUST to go home and back, everyday he works, approximately 15 days a month. Since you ate at the Chinese Wok, think of what you paid for your lunch and do you eat out at that price about 15 days a month? Remember, the Deputies that Sheriff Bobby lied about getting Food Stamps, eats out at least 15 days a month. Who pays the Deputy/Timmy or does the owner comp., their food (means owner pays). That is in completely against Sheriff Bobby’s rules I really believe. See lying is systemic to an organization and it spreads completely over the body of the organization and it becomes to new people, like second nature.

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This whole situation makes me sick! The way the police handled the situation was really uncalled for after they pulled his wife out of the shower naked and handcuffed her on the floor next to her two young children with AK's to there head. She asked the officers to get her some clothes and they pulled a thong from her dresser and made her put that on in front of her small children. Not to mention Mr.Glenn wasn't even there at the time. When he did arrive he surrendered immediately and the police still broke his hand!! While he has been in custody his mail and money being put on his books is being with held!! If u do the crime u pay the time but LAST TIME I CHECKED THIS WAS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and EVERYONE has CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. But of course this is Liberty County we r talking about here...they run on their own CORRUPT system!! What done in the dark always comes to light!! And for the Low life that brought her friends son into this situation..your in LAST PLACE SHOOT YOURSELF!!

To the poster who posted about the woman being handcuffed out of the shower? What incident are you talking about? We need more details please, who, what, where?

The incident of the woman being pulled naked out of the shower and handcuffed in front of her children is in reference to the drug raid on 2830 South in Raywood. What infuriates me with the previous post is that person's main complaint was that the children, of the drug dealing mother, seen her naked and cuffed. I'm pretty certain this is not the first time her children have seen her naked. In handcuffs, maybe, but naked, no. Something is very wrong with this person. My major concern with all of this is the fact this so called mother had her CHILDREN in a house with huge amounts of drugs and 2 hand guns. The search of the premises located at 1541 FM Hwy 2830 South in Raywood netted 1895 grams of cocaine, 264 grams of methamphetamine, 108 grams of hashish oil, 194 grams of marijuana, 293 grams of assorted prescription pills (Valium / Xanax) and 260 grams of codeine syrup. Also seized during the serving of the search warrant were two 9mm handguns. Not to mention the smart ass smirk on this woman's face in her jail photo. She sure didn't look humiliated to me. I do feel sorry and have much concern for the health and wellbeing of the children involved is all of this. As for the man's mail and commissary money being kept from him- The Feds can and will sieze any money put on this person's books at the jail. Wake up, this is not a little Liberty Co. case. The Feds got this one and they don't play. Another thing, while you are feeling sorry for her children, how about you stop and feel sorry for the other parent's children whom these 2 POS have sold drugs to. They are victims in all this as well.

In regard to the writer concerning the woman being pulled naked from the shower: I suppose you'd expect law enforcement to make an initial courtesy call to our local drug dealers to announce their expected arrival along with the itinerary of the day's events. They could act as a travel agency. Police could say, "Mr. & Mrs. Drug Dealer, be sure to take your showers and take care of all your personal hygiene matters, and eat a hearty breakfast, prior to noon because that is indeed our estimated time of arrival. To expedite the search warrant process, please place all weapons, narcotics, contraband, paraphernalia and all funds suspected in potential money laundering offenses in the living room area in a single neat pile so there will be greater ease in evidence collection which will also aid officers in assisting you with a speedy departure from your residence. In advance, we will be mailing you a series of voluntary statement forms to accommodate your confession. Just place the forms in the provided envelope and store on top of all illegal contraband. Also, we are aware that it's simply routine for your young children to be present during the sale of illegal narcotics at your residence and they are often among various assorted controlled substances, weapons, etc but in an attempt to afford your entire family the opportunity to make a smooth transition from freedom to incarceration, please ensure that all parties not associated with criminal acts have been placed with responsible caretakers prior to law enforcement arrival. We thank you, in advance, for your continued cooperation and appreciate the unique service you provide to your community. On behalf of all law enforcement officers across the nation, we hope to always be your first choice when selecting an incarceration itinerary. To show our appreciation, we will add additional years to all incarceration itineraries, at no extra cost to you, each time you select an offense from the penal code and make a successful commission of that crime. Our service guarantees complete dissatisfaction and we want you to remember us before committing your next criminal episode. Thank you for choosing Texas as your location for your crimes against society."

I can't resist... LOL! Every time I read about the police pulling the woman out of the shower naked, I crack up! Don't most of us shower naked????s

Two-Vehicle Crash on Jefferson Drive

The sad thing is..... have you ever tried to pull out of either parking lot?? You can look and look and a car will come FLYING off of S.Main. Evidently the van is at fault. If the car hit the van, the car still should have been looking. Always be aware of your surroundings!!!

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Yesterday a “ReDux” of CC was shot after 1 week. Lowery hoping the reviews were better for him and Rader. The County Judge and Warner was MIA. Norman Brown filled in as County Judge because of longest tenure on CC and the longest tenure of no activity on his Pct. 4 roads. Actually this CC was an exact replica of the meeting 7 days ago, with Lowery deciding to table the $64000 until finalizing the budget per Harold Seay in October. Eddy let out a long sigh of relief. Actually, these and all numbers should be generated directly by the Sheriff of Liberty County by “State Law” to give the proposed county jail budget of assuming the County Jail, by LCSO and present to CC and they vote on the funding that being their job. So Sheriff has said he knows absolutely nothing about a Jail and really not much of being a Sheriff with just 7 years of TDPS patrol. Last week behind closed doors the 3 Deputy’s assigned to Court House Security after the Sheriff pulled to be patrol deputies were assigned to the Court House taking from Rader’s payroll and command. This week was changed back to just like it was working for LCSO, but the Sheriff promised the 3 slots would never be taken away again (bargaining chip one day when the Battle is fought again. Yesterday’s CC with three Commissioners reversed 100 % what was done by 4 Commissioners and the County Judge, 7 days earlier. They say, if you put a monkey in a room, with a typewriter, he could write a novel, in one year. This CC meeting yesterday proved that hypotheses.

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How can Channelview drumus like that. We did not look ready to play....that is on the coaches.

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Charlotte Warner and Craig McNair may not be right about alot of things but saving the taxpayers the monwy the jail corporation is pocketing is a winner. Spending 64k is another waste of money or a stall game.

This is a complex situation regarding Commissioner Lowery, the Sheriff and Commissioner-elect Wilson. Commissioner Lowery comes up for re-election in a year and half and Lowery is worried because he feels he will have 2 opponents in the race. Lowery is counting on Bobby Rader to pull him over the finish line in his race because Lowery thinks Rader is strong in his area. Lowery you remember at last CC you brought up the spending the $64,000 that the county does not have to placate the Sheriff who is saying "yes" but means "no" to running the county jail. Commissioner-Elect Leon Wilson who does not mince words said something to Bobby Rader at the Budget Workshop about a poor decision he had made recently. So Lowery goes after the meeting and goes back to his office and calls Mr. Wilson a “loose cannon”. Lowery I do not trust you and frankly I hope you are defeated. Leave name calling to children and not by grown men. Leon Wilson speaks the truth and can make a decision, like not spending $64000, when it is not needed and the county cannot afford to spend. Lowery you are a damp fuse! Mr. Wilson never be a commissioner that throws “our money” away and speaks honestly and the citizens will never forget you for being Honest and Thrifty with “Our Money”.

Co-op Puts $2.3 Million Back in Members’ Pockets

Wow after charging the mess out of us for electricity Sam Houston Electric Co-Op is going to take some money off of one of our bills. How about billing us a reasonable rate all year long!

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Hey mr Youngblood just seen train out here in Hardin with at least 200 hundred assorted military vehicles and tanks headed east. Any idea what's going on?

The train is taking these vehicles to the FEMA camps preparing for the enaction of martial law. OR, transportation by train is obviously the most convenient and economical method of transporting these vehicles. We have been at war for years, these vehicles are merely returning for disposal/refurbishment/abandonment/redistribution. Would you rather see them on trains, rigged from helicopters, or being driven to their destination? Only one logical choice......

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Ok liberty its time to go back to ol school football...I formations spilt back...and chicken wayne called a pisspoor game...was he scared of his hometown fans!!!!

And another thing how does this ref gets to call a game in his hometown!!!!

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I have heard that the Cleveland Commissioner has been calling the newly elected Commissioner from a “loose cannon”. This apparently came from the last Commissioners Court meeting and work shop. I was not there but what I understand from listening to people who were there, Commissioner elect Wilson was questioning Sheriff Radar about his decision to remove security from the Court House. If asking the questions that commissioners should be asking, if not being afraid to make a decision without spending $64000 dollars to get someone to tell you it is ok is being a loose cannon maybe we should hope the other two members of Commissioners Court are loose cannons also. I can see why this commissioners court is known as a do nothing court. They are afraid to ask questions or make a decision. I have to give credit to C. Warner and Judge McNair, they did ask questions and opposed spending the $64000.

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The city of Liberty is so proud of "not raisng taxes". I am sick of this scam. The values have been raised on our property and in order for the city to keep taxes the same they know they have to lower the rate. Dayton lowered city taxes while Liberty actually raised theirs. Shameful in an economy that is making it tough on all the middle class.

Precinct 4 Constable Office Makes Drug Arrests

Constable Robby Thornton seems to be doing excellent work going after the Dopers and winning the battle a piece at a time. Hope he is remembered next election. He as a rag tag team of folks making cases, but not driving Tahoe’s for 104 miles a day to go home and back. Constable Thornton does not allow a "prima Donna" drive a Tahoe to Pearland, Texas, but no County Vehicle out of Liberty County. You go get them Constable Thornton; you have Law Enforcement Experience unlike our County Sheriff, who has a 6 man squad, eating Hartz Chicken in Cleveland and no drug arrests. Constable Thornton, would you run for Sheriff, we need Law Enforcement experience and no thugs.

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A nine year old girl is allowed to shoot a assault weapon at a shooting range, and accidently shoots the instructor and he dies. This is the epitome of what's wrong with guns and gun worshipers. A child is put in the position by an adult of using a weapon like it's a toy and since the child doesn't comprehend what's she doing, only trusting the adult she kills the adult, what is the stupid sound byte gun lovers always say? "guns don't kill people, people kill people", in this case the gun killed the person. Stupid adults, stupid parents, poor little girl.

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My son's stepfather can't fight this dumb rule that you have to play football if you want to pursue a baseball scholarship at our wonderful high school. My ex will not say anything because he says the school board is so political he does not want to make things worse. While all that is going on my son had to decide whether he should play a sport he did not want to play in order to play one he loves and will surely win a scholarship in. I think we may need more women on the school board and in the administration. men can be childish.

If a child wants to play baseball, what does that have to do with football?

I do not understand the rule that if you want to participate in one sport in school, you have to participate in all or another sport as well. It was definitely not this way when I was growing up. I played basketball and was pretty good for a high school girl but I was absolutely "NO" good at volleyball. It is hard when a child like yours wants to pursue a baseball career and is forced to play football, which is a full contact sport that could lead to injuries that would in turn end his baseball career. I think I would talk to the school board on this one and good luck!!!

Bring a lawyer that specailizes in schoollaw and Dayton will let your son prepare to play baseball in athletic class and he will not have to play football.

Security Positions Removed from LCSO Budget

The Liberty County Commissioners and County Judge put Bobby Rader in his place today. Rader threatened all the judges (by letter) at the court house that effective October 1, 2014 the three court house deputy’s would be taking off the court house assignment and placed in the patrol division. Rader got B##TCH SLAPPED. Maybe he could have pulled it off if he would have got the old man in the leisure suit to make the threat, or Veta, or Sherry, or Brett. Nah I doubt it.

Rader has no clue on how to run the jail, or the Sheriff’s Department.

McNair told Rader to “step up to the plate”. That’s AWSOME

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department has got some BIG problems. Bobby, Ken, Brett, Vita, Timmy, Tommy, Don, Dagle, and Lowery.

Today the Commissioner Court met in Liberty for their normal meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, the court adjourned into special session, with Judges Cain, Morefield and Chambers, in attendance, the Sheriff was not invited (a slap in the face). The Special session, had to do with Sheriff Rader's letter to the Judges, he was pulling the 3 Deputy's that were part of Court House Security, to put on patrol. Well, today they hit the Sheriff with a new arrangement, taking 3 of his employees and put them into a special department at the Court House with the 3 Bailiff’s and funding them out of general funds. Sheriff Rader, when you dig your grave, please know when to stop. Bobby wake up, your ship is going to sink, because you think you are untouchable, but you are and bet that after January 1st, no County Cars will be taken out of the County, especially not to Pearland, Texas or anyone’s homes outside of Liberty County. Sheriff that will save you $7,000 a year, at least for your interdiction Sgt., to drive to and from home each day, to show the world, that you hired a person, that his department will not even rehire. (Called a “Patterson”) That is 104+ miles each day, in a Tahoe, in Houston traffic. Bobby, this interdiction team, you are so proud of, is seen lounging around in Cleveland and each sitting in a different spot, not even close to I-69. Bobby, you started out, so well, now you are getting punched around daily, wake up and do the right thing and quit trying to win a popularity contest at the LCSO. It is a sad thing to watch a man implode, in front of all eyes, in the County.

This whole thing with Rader and the Commissioners is the best entertainment for the money anywhere. My question is who were the ones who convinced Rader to run in the first place?

In response to who convinced Rader to run for sheriff, one can only imagine but I bet he hates their guts right now. He should have taken the lesson taught by the ever-popular, late, great Jack Hartel - don't take a position that engenders enemies - stay on the fence. Plus, he failed to review what has happened to past Liberty County sheriffs - not good odds for longevity or future work.

Please leave Bobby Radar alone and let him do his job. Some of you need to get a life. You are destroying the reputation of the county. I have know Bobby for over 30 years and have never known him to be dishonest with anyone or anything. All this talk about the explosives is ridiculous. Do you think he woke up one morning and said, "I think I will buy some explosives to play with". I think, rather, he took advice from Homeland Security or other experts. Don't loose sight of the fact we are only 26 miles from the ship channel. It has been named as a prime candidate for terrorism. Petty small town politics, or national security? And, as to the not being included in the drug raid in Ames: His men were probably working in the north end of the county, again, doing what he they were hired to do. (just a guess). Let him concentrate on his job. He needs all the help and support he can get. Time to study and make critical public safety is what the man needs. LET HIM DO THE JOB WE HIRED HIM TO DO.

I was told that Bobby Raider has a sign at the court house in Pearland advertising for sheriff deputies, Maybe then they can car pool.

The effects on taxpayers is not neutral. It may be neutral financially but not when you take in consideration now there will be less protection on the streets. I can understand why both sides reacted the way they have. But the nitty gritty of it is we do not have enough law enforcement to handle the call volume in Liberty Co. Anyone who has ever had to call for help will attest to that. They are spread out too far and too thin and response time is high. Basically our deputies can only respond reactively. If you try and call for a suspicious anything or just shots fired in the neighborhood you are lucky if you get someone out the very same day. There is not enough personell to be successful at acting proactively and being preventive. Another example of being spread too thin is LCSO Dispatch. LCSO Dispatch handles all the deputies traffic, the state troopers traffic, all EMS and Fire in the county with the exception of cities of Liberty,Dayton and Cleveland.And not only that, they have to deal with walk ins from the public. And this is with only 2 or 3 dispatchers working at one time. Anyone who listens to a scanner or radio can tell you thats a problem waiting to happen. What are the answers besides raising taxes? I don't know. But I know this, all of us law abiding citizens, law enforcement, the courthouse and the jail are all on the same side. We want a safe and clean community to live and raise our families in. We should find a way to work together towards this common goal.

Rader is a Republican and he wants to force the court to raise taxes?

Did I miss something or is the "take your department car home" policy changed since RRader became sheriff?

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I just read that we, the State of Texas, just paid one (1) of Gov. Rick Perry's attorneys $80,000.00 for work done on his alleged crime. What on earth did Perry get for this extravagant expense? At $400/hour, that's 5 weeks at 40 hours/day or the cost of a high powered law degree. If this is the true cost of defense, most of us can kiss the courtroom goodbye. Now I know the reason for all the plea bargaining - justice is too expensive. You're guilty unless you have the coins - that's great for the guilty, kind of sad for the falsely accused. No wonder we have so many jail hotels.

Mom Thought She Was Sleeping

I thought this story was a great story and had a happy ending this time so many people young and old meet people online and do not have a clue to the dangers that are out there. Waiting and looking for their next victim. I wish we had a way to get the message out to more people.

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There is no way Dayton residents can fund an $87 million dollar school bond. This will be a nail in the coffin for Dayton. Education is important but the economy is bad and people need to feed their families.

DISD voters (Taxpayers). Do the math before being smoozed into voting for this 87.8 million dollar wish list being put out by our school board and administrators. Two new K-5 schools at 950 students each equals 1,900 students. Cost $57 million. 6th grade school with 30 classrooms at 24 students per room equals 720 students. Cost $11.6 million. Dayton High School, 8 new classrooms at 24 students each equals 192 students. Cost $3.4 million. Add it up, 2,812 new students, where are they coming from? Does our elected officials really expect a 56% increase in enrollment in the immediate future? Also, did you notice in the news release NOTHING was said about Richter, is it because they do not want us to know they intend to tear it down and build a new school on that site? If I recall correctly Richter was built in the early 1980's which makes it a little over 30 years old. So, using this as a guideline, if your home is 30 to 35 years old you need to tear it down and build a new one, oh yeah, you do not have tax money to spend. Also, you folks 65 and older "DON'T WORRY' this bond election won't cost you a nickle. That is if you do not own any other property, and make no additions to your home. DISD, come clean, tell us exactly what you are going to do, and exactly what it will cost a taxpayer per year who owns a home valued at $100,000 - $150,000 - $200,000 - or $300,000. DISD has needs which need to be addressed and I for one would support those needs if they were realistic, straightforward with the taxpayers, and honest about the cost. Don't hide your intentions.

The Proposed Dayton School bond issue does not state the true costs of the tax increase. Once this passes there will be additional teacher costs, maintenance costs, etc, etc. Dayton School district will become one of the most expensive districts in the area and will still have at best an Average education. Buildings, football fields, auditoriums, tennis courts, rodeo arenas does not make an educated person. For example look at the highly touted football team. Most of those kids can't even make it in college because the education was lacking.

What a great time to be a part of Dayton ISD. Things are changing yes maybe a little larger than what people expected but it needs to happen. We have to take care of the kids in Dayton and the surrounding areas. Yes our taxes will go up but in order to give our kids the opportunities they need to excel we need to do this. For those of you who are gripping about the cost and having to pay for the schools, who do you think paid for you to go to school? Your parents, no, it was the community and the tax payers in the school district. No one likes to have their taxes raised, me included, but it is our turn to provide for the kiddos of our community. You talked about the immediate growth, it might not be as big as you said, but it is coming and that you cannot deny. If you do not plan for it now, you are behind and then what? More portable buildings? You walk into a school that is already to small even though it is brand new? That is what happened to Dayton High School when it was built. You talk about tearing down a 30 year old house, yes you tear it down if it is bad. Out of the 20 surrounding school districts, Dayton's SCHOOL tax rate ranks 15th, that's right 14 other districts have higher SCHOOL taxes than Dayton. This was found on Texas comptroller website for 2013. Do we need the elementary schools? Yes. Do we need more safe and secure schools? Yes. Do we need to provide for facilities that will keep our children from having to drive to Mont Belvieu and Hull Daisetta for practice (tennis, one act play)? Yes we do. Is it our turn to provide for the growth that is coming to our school district? You bet. Will it cost us some money, you better believe it. Are our kiddos worth it? No question about it. I hate that you guys do not see that our kids deserve the same chance as other districts that are providing for their kids and their future. You may not agree and that is ok, that is what made this country great, the ability to disagree, but think about who you are hurting, not me, my kids.

People need to quit panicking over the bond issue in Dayton. Are our taxes going to go up? Absolutely, but not enough that I can't see myself helping my kids as well as all of the kiddos in Dayton ISD. I can't wait for the information to come out as to how this will actually affect the voters. I have run the numbers as well, and I can assure our young people and young families in our community are worth it. The taxpayers have always had to pay for the education in our towns, and now it is our turn to continue that tradition. Someone, other than your family, had to help pay for your education so now it is time for you to help. You say that rodeo arenas and football fields are not part of an education, you are wrong. Regardless or that, we are not building rodeo arenas or a football field. So who now needs to tell the truth. We are hoping to improve our existing facilities, and that does include an building an auditorium and tennis courts. Why? Because one, a school of our size needs those things for performances and to provide for athletes that want to participate in tennis. Two, our community needs to have access to those things to allow our community to grow and enjoy the benefits those things bring. We can nitpick whether you think that Dayton ISD should be spending the money or not but I believe we do. There is nothing in the bond that is not a need. Every student, on every campus will be positively affected by this bond. I support it, which means I support having my taxes raised to make Dayton and Dayton ISD a better place.

I could support the Dayton ISD tax increase If it was for education facilities. But this increase is for tennis courts, audittoriums and a cover for the rodeo arena. In the past Dayton has built a new football stadium and replaced the turf twice. Why wasn't the educational infrastructure addressed then. This tax increase is being supported by the people who work at the school and if they were able to do anything else they would.

Look close at who is supporting the Dayton ISD tax increase. It is teachers and administrators who do not do hard manual labor or work in a business environment. They are quick to give away your tax money.

The three things studies say create success in schools are not addressed in the bond issue that appears to be geared toward athletics and extra curricular activities. Number one is school culture. The number two is making sure your teachers make competitive salaries with not only surrounding districts but as related to administrator salaries. Number three up to date educational facilities and related materials. The school culture stinks here. The suoerintendent pay seems to be based on competing with other superintendent pay and is not related to teacher pay whatsoever. Schools should be capped at paying suoperintendents 150 % of the highest teacher's base salary. This bond does not address more up to date anything that has to do with core course education. Vote "no" when they put this in front of you.

Leave your knives in and let's quit being a community that is known for desposing people when things get a little tough. Much of the school's culture is built around our sports teams and sometimes great coaches take a little longer to lay down the base that gives a school long lasting character in good seasons and bad. If we are wanting winning teams and the development of successful young people, we better give them an example of patience and other character traits. TALK ABOUT POSITIVE THINGS AND PULL FOR THE KIDS AND THE STAFF!

In response to the SCHOOL EMPLOYEE who took exception to my post about DISD voters and taxpayers taking a hard look at the proposed 87.8 million dollar bond election. Next time take the time to read the entirety of a statement before attacking it. I said, very plainly, I would support a bond election based on needs not a wishlist, which is what is being proposed. However, my real problem with this bond election is the taxpayers are not being told all of the story. The tax increase from this bond election, if passed, is much greater than we are being led to believe. The additional classrooms being asked for will house an additional 2800 students at 24 per classroom. Even if I am wrong about 2800, cut it in half, do we expect an additional 1900 students in the next, say 5 years. DISD, go back to the drawing board and come up with a reasonable plan, THEN be upfront with the taxpayers about what NEEDS to be done.

The need to provide for growth in Dayton ISD has been questioned in a previous statement. I will try and explain how providing for the growth of elementary age students is an immediate need. Right now the plan is to build 2 new elementary schools and repurpose Kimmie Brown so that all three campuses would house grades k-5. These schools will be built to hold 950 students each or a total of 2,850 elementary students. Currently DISD has 2,315 students in grades K-5. These students have to go through 4 campus changes by the time they get to sixth grade, K-1 > 2-3 > 4-5 > 6th. This is shown by research that these transitions hurt the academic growth of students. The three elementary schools would allow for students to be on one campus for grades K-5 and only have 2 transitions into high school, K-5 > 6-8 > 9-12. This is clearly an advantage to not only students but to teachers who are allowed to work more closely with teachers that taught the students in the previous grades and will allow for better teamwork and communication in how to better serve the students of Dayton ISD. With the current enrollment of 2315, each the three schools would have an enrollment of 771 students if the schools opened today. Quite obvious you cannot plan for a school that equals your current enrollment, as that would be very poor planning. The question was asked where is this growth going to come from? It is already happening at every campus in Dayton ISD. How we prepare for the growth of Dayton ISD is critical. You say that we can’t afford the increase in taxes, I say how can we NOT afford to plan for this growth. Young couples moving to this area look at the school district first and foremost when moving to a community. If we do not do a good job at this time, we will lose out on good, young families that will bring quality to our communities. These schools will also allow for students to learn in the best possible learning environments as each of these schools will have top notch technology and provide for better opportunities. These 3 schools will make up for 60% of the bond money that will be spent. The lies about the athletic and rodeo renovations making up the majority of the costs need to stop, and are nothing but a scare tactic by individuals that are against our schools and our children. If you want honesty, the above is an accurate account of the numbers in DISD and how grades K-5 will be affected by the bond. I hope that you keep an open mind about the bond and the needs that are being addressed. Please look for more facts as we move forward in this endeavor and I only hope that as we do learn more about how the bond will affect us as individuals and as a community, that you remember that it is our responsibility to provide for the future.

In regard to the Dayton ISD bond issue: No one is taking out knives against the children. People just want taxes spent on core education and to not ask for "nice to have items" when the economy is bad. This is poor planning to ask for all these items in the same bond issue. I see the school board and the administrators as being out of touch with the citizens of the district. Of course the teachers want this. Everyone wants to work in new buildings but if the citizens cannot pay it really doesn't matter. This may pass but in the end it will be a disaster for Dayton. Sometimes you win the battle but lose the war.

One of the supporters of the Dayton ISD said three elementary schools are going to be build or repurposed to house K-5. My next question is how are the boundary lines going to be drawn for the three different schools. I am sure the voters will be interested in knowing this. If 60 percent of these funds is for three elementary schools, what is the other 40 percent for. I would like to see all items broken out by percentage before voting. Also, how are these items going to appear on the ballot?

SCHOOL EMPLOYEE; You presented a good argument, however it was based on what you wanted to put out to the public. You still did not answer the critical questions. What will it really cost a homeowner per year with a $100,000 home, a $200,000 home etc. Why aren't you being honest about the plans for Richter Elementary, why does Kimmie Brown need to be repurposed at such an extreme cost, why do you need to spend $17,000 to pave the bus parking, it has a good rock base, bus's do not get stuck there, it drains well. Would it not have been prudent for DISD voters to have two proposals on the election. The first being needs, the second being a wishlist. Until this happens your bond election appears to be doomed.

All very legitimate questions. As far as the placement of the elementary schools, that will have to be answered by the school board. As far as the cost to homeowners here is the breakdown that I did just using simple math. The current DISD tax rate is 1.1980, the proposed bond would raise that rate to 1.488. Here are the numbers by appraised value with the homestead exemption: $75,000 - $174 per year or .48cents per day. $100,000 - $246.50 per year or .68cents per day $150,000 - $391.50 per year or $1.07 per day $200,000 - $536.00 per year or $1.47 per day Please remember these are approximate numbers based on appraised value of a home and from my understanding from listening to the director of the Liberty County appraisal district yesterday those values may be decreasing, so these numbers would be even less. Also, please be mindful that in 3 years our payment for the earlier bond will be complete and the tax rate will LOWER based on that fact. There is nothing on the list that would constitute a "wish item." A committee of 65 COMMUNITY members came together and looked at the NEEDS of Dayton ISD. The committee looked at the current state of Dayton ISD population, future growth, age of existing buildings, the district support services, the security of all of the district's campuses and these are the needs that they developed for the district. The committee put the proposal together and presented it to the school board for them to vote. While this bond does not cover all of the needs for Dayton ISD, these are the most pressing. This bond will allow Dayton ISD to look at other needs that can now be taken care of through the budget. This plan will benefit every child on every campus and in every educational and co-educational program. These items will also benefit the community of Dayton ISD by having facilities to house community events and to allow even our youngest Broncos better facilities for DYSA activities. Looking at the numbers and what the future of Dayton ISD will be with our help, I do not believe that it is too much to pay. Will my taxes increase, will yours? Yes. Will our WHOLE community benefit from this bond? ABSOLUTELY

I urge everyone to think about what Dayton ISD really needs. If the whole package is passed your taxes will go up significantly. I don't understand why the bond has to be 87.8 million right now. The district has not grown to support three elementaries and all the other items no matter how small they may be to the total is still going to cost you, let's do this in small steps. Let's wait until the other bond package is paid off before passing an 87.8 million dollar bond. This is one taxing entity.

I hope the people in Dayton tell the school NO to their bond election. They need to learn to take care of what they have. Yes they need a new school but it will not be taken care of. They can't even keep them mowed. Vote NO

Questions I would like answered before the DISD bond election: 1) where is the third elementary going to be built? What side of town? 2) how will the boundaries for the three elementaries be decided? It seems to me that boundaries will have to be drawn but will also have to keep in mind diversity in each of the three elementaries. 3) will parents be allowed to send their child to a different elementary outside their assigned boundaries? If not, I expect that teachers and administrators should not be allowed to pick their teacher/schools just like the ordinary population. 4) what is the cost for each item in the bond election? 5) how will these items be voted on in the election? In other words,how will the ballot look? 6) how soon do you expect all three elementaries to be operational? 7) how many new teachers will need to be hired to staff the three elementaries? 8) if new teachers and staff are hired for the three schools, how will this be funded? I would post these questions on the DISD site but there is no place to pose questions.

Dayton's school district is asking voters to approve more than $87 million in bonds to build new facilities. I doubt Liberty's school district is near as greedy.

Where can an individual find the full dayton isd bond issue? All that is available on the disd website is powerpoint presentation that provides no real information.

DISD Bond Issue: If you go to the DISD website and click on the bond issue link you can find info about the bond. In order to get all the facts you must click on every link you can. I urge everyone to go vote No! No one can afford an increase in your mortgage payments right now for just one taxing jurisdiction. Remember there are several taxing entities and of course increased insurance costs that want your money too. Say No until the bond proposal is about core education items. The district says every item is a core item but that is not true. Covered rodeo arenas for a very small part of the school system is not core education. Neither is auditoriums. Of course people say if you vote No you are against the children. That is just a scare tactic and simply is not true. I would vote for teacher raises and increases in their insurance subsidies but not for unnecessary building costs. Vote No until the district gets the message. Sometimes you have to limit the frosting on the cake. You cannot afford the long term affects.

I was totally against any bond issue for the school, but my mind has been changed. i am willing to vote for issuing bonds. I am just not willing to give the superintendent what is being asked for. We should year by year upgrade and improve existing buildings.

I do not understand why we would continue to let all of the rentersand the people that have invested the least in our community get off scott free by paying for schools through a bond issue. They will vote for you and me to pay to improve their children's schools all day. If we only realized how large a group this is, we would not consider bonds as a way of raising money.

Dayton will lose several good teachers off of our campus next year because they can work where the pay is better. I just wonder if newer facilities is as imporatnt to a child's education as good teachers. Sometimes we have to make choices.

DISD Bomd Issue: I see that someone else sees my point. Let's invest in qualified teachers and raise the quality of education. I can assure you rodeo areas And tennis courts etc do not make great SAT scores. Let's concentrate on making Dayton known for academics and not for football or any other sport. I know the amounts for these items are small compared to the total for the entire bond. But the Board is assuming that everyone believes all the expenditures are necessary right now. I would like to update my entire house but I know that I can't afford it. Small steps is the way to go. Do what you can afford not what the Jones are doing. The school district is not in step with the economy! I also resent that they keep talking about rumors. The rumors are ...we the taxpayers cannot afford this bond issue!

The more I look at the DISD bond issue, the more questions I have. In the breakout of the costs for the $87.2 million dollar bond issue, I only see approximately $201,000 in contingency costs. This is a very small amount for contingencies which makes me believe there is a lot of padding in the estimate. I also wonder what prominent citizen in town is going to benefit from the land sale for the two new schools. I also find it strange that no one from the Dayton News has researched and asked questions about the bond issue. They only issue press releases given to them by the school. Some news organization needs to do I depth review of this request.

Seeing that the DISD bond referendum issue is asking for $87.8 million dollars, I feel that something other than a powerpoint presentation put together by one of the highschool students should be provided to the public. Does anyone have information on where the general public can find the entire bond issue?

I have been told every, and I mean EVERY, school district within thirty miles of Liberty is preparing to put their hand out for more tax money. You got to be kidding me! We need to close down our schools and either send themto Hardin, or God forbid, Liberty.

Drug Bust and Seizure in Raywood

Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!now go get the customers!

Congratulations Constable Thornton and the assists from all other Agencies for a great job in Raywood. As a citizen, I appreciate your selection of partners, leaving out Liberty County Sheriff Rader and Sgt. Timmy. Rader and Timmy are like Sheriff Patterson and Band of Thugs from Harris County that had been fired. Do not know if Timmy was fired or allowed to quit but, Pearland PD has a "Do Not Re-Hire" on his name. Rader and his man, Timmy, would take the credit like Capt. Rex did other Liberty County Departments. Sheriff Rader has his people and the rest of the Law Enforcement in Liberty County stays clear of them. Constable Thornton thanks for good job with all the other Local and Federal Agencies for a good job getting the dope and dopers off the street. This makes the second Sheriff we have had, that would be ignored by the other Law Enforcement Agencies, because of the non-experience of the Sheriff in Law Enforcement and hiring thugs, looking for glamour.

Maybe the Liberty Sheriff's Dept and the Liberty Police were left out of the bust because they have failed for years to shut this place down. I am one of the citizens who reported this place years ago. Nothing ever got done about it or the place in Ames that everyone knows about. It makes me wonder why it had to be reported to different agencies before it finally got shut down?

Drug bust in Raywood Ashlie Powell is bff's with the Mother of the 2yr old that drown in Dayton a couple of Months ago.hmmmm...makes you wonder

That sure was a glowing feedback for the participants in the Raywood drug bust and seizure. It almost looks like a constable's office insider is trying too hard to make themselves look good. It would be nice if they would paint the whole picture though. Like why is the Dayton area constable's office doing narcotic enforcement in Raywood? With the growth of the west side of Liberty County, isn't there enough civil process work to keep the constable's office busy? Can't those deputies assist with patrol of the Dayton area instead of worrying about narcotics in a precinct other than their own? Aren't there narcotics problems in the Dayton area, if the constable wants to start pursuing that line of law enforcement?

liberty county sheriff... is corrupted.

Well it looks like we got a SO insider that has a case of "sour grapes". Did you ever stop to think that the problem in Raywood is very likely affecting all of Liberty County. It appears that they looked into something and took the bull by the horns. I commend them for taking care of business. As far as working drugs in the Dayton area, I know they are because they have acted on tips that I gave them. The Constable is just taking care of citizen complaints as he should be and making good on resources that are made available to his department for the better of Liberty County. You need to stop whining and they need to keep up the good work!

Great job.Now plow through Ames.Those areas include all of Hwy 160,Bakers subdivision and Ameswood.These youngsters sell dope all night and steal all day while most of them live with their parents and they support what they do as long as they get a little something.

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Whoever drives the little white ford car (always parked at city hall in Dayton) needs to be reminded that the speed limit on 1409 is 55. That car had to be going 75-80 mph passing multiple vehicles, also passing in a no passing zone.

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The level of intelligent assessment of what's been happening in Missouri by the people I associate with is pretty sad. The theory of group think is no longer a theory, it's a fact. Every morning in a safe environment where there is no chance of discovery from interlopers who would challenge the groups' opinions, people of color are trashed as lazy, latinos are "pedros", and the hyper masculine threats of "just let one of them get to me when I got my gun", is endless. It's almost religious in ritual, they gather in a circle, they share a common cup of coffee, the boss is the minister , he usually starts the attack and the others follow in suit. The stories that are told are taken as truth, with no basis of fact, the only facts are myths told over and over that all blacks are lazy, are thieves, Indians are "rag heads", Mexicans live twenty to one house, etc. I hear it every day. Don't dare call them racist though or even suggest to them they may be wrong in their assessment they will turn on you in righteous indignation and then you will be the judas in their midst. Group think lives.

 

 

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