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Radiogram 4 15 20


Volume 35, No. 71, Wednesday April 15, 2020

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Case #20: Late Monday night, Christa Beasley Adams, Coordinator for the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management, released information on the latest case of Coronavirus in the county.  This person is a south Liberty County man in the age range of 40-50. He is said to be experiencing mild symptoms and is isolating at home.  ************************************************


School City Elections: Continuing our recap, with most of the local School District and City elections, then the party primary runoff voting, and the general election all either moved to another date, in question or still undetermined,  it's clear the Coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the old normal for most citizen’s voting patterns. In Liberty County, the May 2nd City Council and School Board Trustee election will now take place on November 3rd as part of the General Election. This change was made at the recommendation of Texas Governor Greg Abbott. According to Liberty County Elections Administrator Klint Bush, the only change, is the election date. There is no extended filing period for additional candidates. Tqking  look at the City of Dayton, they have two contested City Council races. Position #1 Incumbent, Wendell Null, faces a challenge from Donald McDaniel, and Position #3 Incumbent Alvin Burress is challenged by Former Dayton Police Chief, John Headrick. Incumbent Sherial Lawson in Position #2 does not have a challenger. Next in the Dayton School Board election, both Position #3 incumbent trustee Thomas Payne and Position #4 incumbent trustee, Josh Day, did not draw opponents. The Dayton School board has already voted to cancel that election since there is no opposition in either race. Again, due to the Coronavirus threat, all elections scheduled for May 2nd now will occur on November 3rd with the general election.  

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Refinancing: There has been a lot of media attention about the historically low-interest rates. When interest rates drop, as they have, many choose that as an ideal time to refinance their home. However, Brooks Hiller owner of Heritage Mortgage in Dayton said just because rates are low does not necessarily mean refinancing your home is best for your situation. Mr. Hiller said a good rule of thumb is to calculate the expense incurred to refinance and compare that to the amount saved with the lower interest rate. He said if, in 36 months, you have not recouped the cost for refinancing you are probably better off not to do it. ************************************************


Liberty Co Jail operator will not ask for a new contract: At their regularly meeting, Tuesday, Liberty Co. Commissioners directed purchasing agent, Harold Seay, to send out a request for bids on a new contract to operate the Liberty County jail. County Judge Jay Knight said the GEO Group, current jail operator, sent county officials a letter stating they will not apply for an extension when their current contract to run the county jail expires September 30th, 2020. County Judge Knight said going out now for RFPs now allows plenty of time for the county to find a jail contractor.

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Physical Distancing: Social Distancing is making us change the way we live our life. So says Patti Savage, a licensed Clinical Social Worker with special qualifications in psychology. On a recent Party Line, Patti said there are many ways people can stay connected to friends and family as they perfect the art of social distancing.  Mrs. Savage said, instead of that 6 feet of separation, she prefers to call it physical distancing. She said social distancing implies isolating yourself from social interaction. When what we are doing now is just keeping away from physical contact. 

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Lake Release: 26,200  CFS – Liberty Bridge: 26.81 ASL

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