Volume 35, No. 103 Wednesday, May 27, 2020
No Pay Raises: Elected Officials Salaries in Liberty County will remain the same for the 2021 budget year. At their regular meeting, Tuesday, commissioners voted 4-0 not to raise salaries or allowances of any elected officials. Liberty County Judge Jay Knight said this is not the right time for pay rises for public officials. Judge Knight said he is concerned about how this will affect the county's tax base. The counties top administrative official judge says this is the second straight year Liberty County Elected Officials will not get a raise. He is hopeful however the county will be able to give raises to non-elected employees.
Ballistic Vests: Dayton police officers are a little safer after getting 25 new rifle-resistant ballistic vests. The vests cost 21,000 dollars through a grant from the Governor’s office. Police Chief Rob Vine says in a press release, and I quote “It’s always possible for law enforcement officers to encounter dangerous situations in the line of duty, so it’s vital that they have the proper safety equipment” end quote. This grant was available as part of Senate Bill 12. The Texas Legislature created SB12 in 2018 to provide personal body armor to Texas law enforcement agencies. Each sworn member of the department will get a rifle resistant ballistic vest.
30,000 Meals: In early March, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Texas schools to stop face to face classes and switch to distance education. Even without students on campuses, feeding them breakfast and lunch became a high priority. As did many school districts, administrators at Liberty ISD sprang into action and designed a plan to provide meals to students that needed them each day. LISD Assistant Superintendent Dusty McGee, says this would not have been possible without the LISD food service department. He mentioned these ladies showed up to prepare and hand out meals each day, no matter the weather conditions. They also prepare for the Meals on Wheels program for the homebound. In a future newscast, we’ll hear from Dusty McGee about some of the thinking what the next school year may include.
Drive-By Graduation: This sounds like fun. Liberty High School is having a Graduation Parade to honor the Class of 2020. That’s this Friday. The parade starts at 7 Friday evening on Panther Lane and goes through the LHS, LMS, and Transportation Center driveways. Liberty High School Principal Benicia Bendele says, even now, this is a way to support this year’s seniors. Friday would have been the date for graduation. However, COVID-19 forced all of that to be rescheduled. Mrs. Bendele also tells us the class of 2020 graduation will be June 26th at Memorial Stadium. We will have details about the Liberty High School Graduation on a future newscast.
Patrick Lee Smith, 71 of Hull, Texas passed away Saturday May 23, He served his country proudly as US Marine in Vietnam. There are no events scheduled. The family invites friends to show your support by planting a tree in memory of Patrick Lee Smith.
Lake Release: 29,500 CFS –Liberty Bridge: 24.20 ASL