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Radiogram 04 29 20

Updated: Apr 29

Volume 35, No. 84, Wednesday* April 29, 2020





Liberty Education Foundation: The Liberty Education Foundation has received two gifts from 2 different local groups. Together they total around a quarter of a million dollars. Local attorney Brandon Davis, who is President of the Liberty Education Board of Directors, told the Liberty Rotary Club on Tuesday, with the increasing cost of college, leaders of both the Dawn Forticq scholarship, and Ricky Mearns scholarship felt they could impact more students through the foundation. The Liberty Education Foundation was created in 2007. To date, it has provided grants to LISD teachers totaling $226,713 to support local teachers. This year the gifts go straight to the students of Liberty Elementary School with educational toys for $13,500. We will report more on that in a future newscast. He also reported that two free standing scholarships one from the family of the late Dawn Forticq. Ricky Mearns was also from Liberty. Dawn was a Liberty girl. She lost her life in a vehicle crash while a young student at the University of Texas. Ricky Mearns had battled back from critical injuries suffered in another car accident on FM 563 in Liberty. After a difficult recovery he was at a prominent summer camp, out of state. Ricky was there to make a motivational speech about never giving up regardless of the circumstances when he drowned during a camp break. Both families formed successful scholarship drives in their honor. Now both families have given nearly a quarter million dollars to the Liberty Education Foundation hoping to help even more local teachers and students than was possible when they stood alone.

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Distance Education: The COVID-19 pandemic forced Texas schools to close some 5 weeks ago. That modified how to teach school kids. The Liberty Independent School District and most others have utilized distance education to ensure students continue to learn. Liberty Elementary Principal Stephanie Cox told KSHN.com that at first students were a little intimidated and uncomfortable by the online process of learning with their teachers. She said students have relaxed with the process and now are asking many questions in these online classrooms meetings with their teachers.

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Golf Course Opening: Starting this Friday, the Liberty Municipal Golf Course is reopening. Please note: Assistant City Manager Chris Jarman said there will be some changes. Social distancing will be required. Mr. Jarman said golfers can pay by credit or debit card, or online. The assistant city manager said golfers will be limited to 1 person per cart unless a passenger is a family member. Golfers will not be allowed to touch the flagstick on the green.

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Census: Most folks know this is a Census year. Keep in mind every program funded by the Federal, State and Local government is based on how many citizens will be affected and what it will cost. Also affected is how many legislators will we have to represent us. That means power and influence in Washington and Austin. The census is so important that our founding fathers ordered it in the US Constitution. A census is taken every 10 years. The computer has made it simpler but then there are a lot more folks to be counted. The US Census Department is already hard at work on the 2020 census and in Liberty County here is how much is done so far. For all of Liberty County 34.2% of the residents have completed the census form and returned it. In the City of Dayton 43%, City of Liberty 40.6%, and the City of Cleveland has completed 40.6%. Its a big job. Ann Miller – executive officer of the Dayton Community Development Corporation, an arm of the Dayton City government. Those numbers came from the Census Bureau.

Lake Release: 26,200 CFS – Liberty Bridge: 24.64 ASL

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