Volume 35, No. 104 Thursday, May 28, 2020
A report in the Savannah Now Newspaper said according to the Georgia State Highway Patrol, a Dayton High School graduate, US Army Specialist Gerald Levi Garner, 25, died when his vehicle was hit head on Monday night May 18th. According to Georgia Trooper Markus White, the driver of the other vehicle, William Frasier, 31, died shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. Frasier, who was driving a pickup truck, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of East Oglethorpe Highway, around 10:30 p.m., when he crashed head on with that vehicle driven by the Dayton Texas man Gerald Garner, assigned to Fort Stewart, Georgia. Garner was pronounced dead, at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle with him was transported to Memorial Health University Medical Center by medical helicopter. The investigation indicated the driver, who hit the Dayton man’s vehicle, was under the influence and was allegedly driving while intoxicated. Again, he also perished in the crash.
The sky in Liberty may-or may not light up with fireworks on July 3rd despite the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday night, Liberty City Council approved a resolution to continue the annual July 3rd fireworks celebration- for now. Council agreed the very popular show will happen if Governor Greg Abbott allows firework shows in the state. He will announce his decision in just a few days, on June 3rd. City Manager Tom Warner says council sees this as an opportunity for people to take a break from COVID-19. Mr. Warner said, even now, folks are allowed to visit and enjoy Liberty’s beautiful city park. However, they must practice social distancing. Tom Warner said, as of now, the city will not limit the number of cars in the park on July 3rd.
Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne reports that on Saturday at approximately 9:30 p.m., his department was called to the Whataburger Restaurant in Winnie. The call was in reference to a disturbance. According to the report: Joseph Reed 31, of Winnie, is alleged to have tried to strike someone with his vehicle as a part of an argument with two Whataburger employees. The report said while trying to get Reed’s identification a deputy’s hand became entrapped when Reed rolled up his vehicle window. The deputy immediately grabbed the window with his free hand and was able to break the glass thus freeing his hand. The report said it took two deputies to remove Joseph Reed from his vehicle. The Chamber’s County deputies both suffered several cuts to their hands and forearms. One deputy was treated for his injuries. Joseph Reed was charged with Attempted Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon – his vehicle. That is a 3rd Degree Felony. Add to that -Assault on a Public Servant, also a third degree felony. He was taken into custody and booked into the Chambers County jail without further incident. Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Randy Van Deventer set bonds totaling $100,000 on the two felonies.
Dayton High School has named its Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the 2020 school year. The Valedictorian is Paola Perdomo Cepeda, while the Salutatorian is Sadie West. Paola Perdomo Cepeda is accepted to the University of Houston. Ms. Cepeda wants to become a Nurse Practitioner. The Salutatorian Sadie West will attend Texas Tech University. She then plans to go to medical school earn her M.D.. The third ranked member of the DHS graduating class is Paula Cepeda – the twin sister of the Valedictorian, only hundredths of a point behind her sister. The class of 2020 has 352 grads. That makes this class the largest in Dayton History, according to Principal Geoff McCracken.
Lake Release: 29,500 CFS –Liberty Bridge: 24.20 ASL