Radiogram: Thursday Sept. 17 2020

Volume 35                           Number 182                 Thursday September 17, 2020 Covid 19:  Crista Beasley-Adams, director of the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management released the latest report of how the Covid 19 virus has affected Liberty County. As of Wednesday. 34 new cases are confirmed to be positive for coronavirus.  Now there is a total of 1560 confirmed cases of Covid in Liberty County since reporting began in mid-March. That seems like a life time ago. Of those, 98 are considered to be active cases while 1416 are listed as recovered.  46 Liberty County residents have died from symptoms of the virus. 17 from the North end of the county and 14 from the southern half.  17 of the new cases were female and 17 were males. For a disease considered to be an older persons disease, in this Wednesday report 21 were under the age of 40 while 13 were age 50 and older. Repeating, there have been 34 new cases of Covid in Liberty County, bringing the total of cases diagnosed in the county to 1560. 98 of the cases are considered to be active cases being treated and 1416 of the cases are listed as recovered. 46 of our fellow Liberty Countians have died from the virus. ************************************************************************ Interim City Manager for Cleveland named: The city of Cleveland, in north Liberty County, has named an Interim City Manager.  Bobby Pennington, who is the Assistant City Manager and Finance Director, is adding the City Managers duty, on an interim basis, due to the retirement of City Manager Kelly McDonald. Mr. Pennington assumed those duties on Wednesday, September 16th. The decision to appoint Pennington as the interim city manager was made by the Cleveland City Council at the Sept. 15 meeting following a closed executive session. Council then voted unanimously in favor of his appointment. Pennington started his career in city management upon graduation from The University of Houston, Clear Lake and has worked for the cities of Deer Park, Jersey Village and Palestine.  For the past 5 years he has been the Finance Director and Assistant City Manager of Cleveland. There was a retirement party for outgoing City Manager Kelly McDonald was held at the Cleveland Civic Center on Wednesday afternoon, September 16th. Food Truck Friday:  The popular Food Truck Friday returns to the Dayton Crossroads tomorrow. The Crossroads is located at 111 N Church Street in Dayton, located on Highway 90 in Dayton, next to the Jack in the Box. This event takes place from 11:00AM until 2:00PM. There will be a variety of food trucks for you to choose from.  As always there will be great food, and plenty of friendly, smiling faces. Due to the current pandemic restrictions, face masks are required, unless eating or drinking, and social distancing is recommended. So gather your co-workers and friends, then enjoy a great lunch during Food Truck Friday, tomorrow September 18th at the Crossroads in Dayton between 11 and 2. ************************************************************************ Cocaine Arrest: Monday evening, a traffic stop in the Cleveland area by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Interdiction Unit led the arrest of two men, one with an outstanding warrant. The Liberty County Sheriffs department reports the driver was identified as David Timothy Johnson, age 60 from Arkansas. Also said to be from Arkansas was the passenger, Steven Lamar Hines, 43 - registered owner of the vehicle. Hines had an active warrant for Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Hines, allowed law enforcement to search the vehicle, the driver also gave search permission. The search discovered two hidden aftermarket compartments. They were secluded in the front bumper area. The two compartments contained multiple bundles wrapped in black duct tape. The bundles were found to contain a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine. The approximate weight of the cocaine was 4,420 grams. That weight is equivalent to four (4) kilograms. Both Hines and Johnson were arrested and charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance – in this case a First Degree Felony. Bond was set at $150,000 for each man. Obits:  Lawrence “Larry” Wagnon, age 78 of Liber0ty passed away on Wednesday September 16th, 2020. Larry had been a long time funeral director in Liberty and in recent years he had been an election precinct judge. Services are pending with Allison Funeral Service. We will have more details when service plans have been completed.***Gaynell Buckner Leming, age 78, died Monday. She has been a resident of Mont Belvieu for 40 years. Gaynell was a former council member and mayor pro-tem for Mont Belvieu.  She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Pat Leming, Sr. and three children plus several grandchildren. Service for Gaynell Leming will be at 2:00 this Friday, at Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church. Visitation from 1:00 until 2:00 at the church on Friday before the service. Pace-Stancil in Dayton is in charge. Lake Livingston Release 13000 CFS                         City of Liberty Bridge Gauge 18.56 ASL

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