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Radiogram 03 25 20


Volume 35, No. 56 Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Shelter in Place: Tuesday afternoon, both Liberty and Chambers Counties issued what has been described as a “shelter in place” order for both counties. Harris county officials issued a similar order and more restrictive order early Tuesday.  This latest new order orders all those now living in Liberty and Chambers Counties are ordered to stay at their place of residence. The order says persons may leave their residence only for essential activities, perform essential governmental functions or to operate essential businesses. Essential activities is described as obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting health care professionals, or getting supplies needed to work from home. In addition, it includes food, pet supplies and other household products needed to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of the home. Businesses that do not fit in the description of being essential are to shutter their doors.  The types of business that are classified as Essential businesses do cover a wide variety and are too long to cover in this report. A simpler way to look at it would be, if that business is essential to the health and safety of its citizens it can remain open to provide those services and products. These orders went into effect on midnight March 24 and continue through midnight April 3.

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Dayton Water: The Coronavirus is causing people to stay home and use more utilities than normal and with that comes higher bills. On Monday night Dayton City Council authorized City Staff to make common sense decisions on cut offs and late fees on their city water. Dayton City Manager Theo Melancon, a kshn.com Party Line guest, explained why using their own judgment on late payments is important. Mr. Melancon said the Dayton council did not want to give a city wide order waving utility late fees and stop disconnecting service, because doing so might prompt some citizens to not pay their city water bills in a timely manner.

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Nichols on SBA: Liberty County’s State Senator Robert Nichols has information for small businesses to get help for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The senator said –The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting small businesses, even where there are no local cases of the virus. The state senator also said, in a news release, Texas needs to support the small business and what they mean to our Texas economy. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has the availability of what’s known as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.  That could provide small businesses with working capital loans up to $2 million. These loans could help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue they may be experiencing  Senator Nichols assured Texans the State Legislature will consider any measure necessary to bolster this states economy and get help for small businesses.  Senator Robert Nichols, from Jacksonville, who represents Liberty County and several other counties , promised to provide updates on developments as they become available. Businesses interested in pursuing the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program should visit the following website - www.disasterloan.sba.gov/ela for to learn more.  For those with questions contact his office at (512) 463-0103, or email Robert.Nichols@senate.texas.gov.

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Obits: William “Bill”  “B K “ Kyle of Liberty, died at the age of 83 after a lingering illness. For decades Bill managed local clothing stores:  One was J. B. White & Co. clothing and the other Baskin’s Clothing Store both in Liberty’s North Main Shopping Center. Allison Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. We are told Bill Kyle will have a private funeral service. ** Pete Taylor – age 82, died Monday at home after an extended illness. Pete lived here in Liberty for a long time working in oil field services.  Pete Taylor is survived by his wife Susie, four children: Chad and Scott Taylor, Cindy Taylor Brown and Jennifer Taylor Barkis and several grandchildren. Chad Taylor is head football coach and athletic director of the Liberty Panthers. Pete was well known as an honored member and officer of the Liberty Volunteer Fire Department. Services are pending at Allison Funeral Service.      

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Lake Release: 25,100 CFS Liberty Bridge: 20.42 ASL

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