Volume 35, No. 118 Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Dayton Mural: On Monday night at their regular meeting, members of the Dayton City Council approved the proposed artwork for an extraordinary mural of the famous cattle drive from the flooded river bottom during Hurricane Harvey and into Dayton. It was one of two such events that drew a high level of publicity to Dayton and south Liberty Co. The words Higher Ground will be painted under the artwork of the cattle drive. The Dayton Beautification Committee recommended the project. Then funding for the project will come from the Dayton Community Development Corporation in the form of a grant. Artist Mary Victoria Fielder Taylor, a Dayton native and graduate of Dayton High School, has been commissioned to create the mural. She tells us the inspiration for the design came from when she lived in Savannah, Georgia, during Hurricane Harvey. She saw a news story about a big cattle drive going through her hometown. She says the words higher ground came from that same news report. Mrs. Fielder Taylor says she began working on the project yesterday. So far no word on the amount of this grant.
Missing Boater Found: The body of a man missing since being thrown from a boat Saturday evening in the Chambers County waters in Kemah has been recovered. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne reports after a great effort from multiple jurisdictions; searchers found 40-year-old Shawn Robert Scarbrough of Palestine, Texas. According to an article in the Palestine Herald-Press, Mr. Scarbrough was married with three children. Two of his three children were also thrown from the boat but both were quickly rescued by the boat operator. The Herald-Press says Shawn Scarbrough served 12 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including several war-zones deployments. Sheriff Hawthorne says the investigation into the accident is ongoing. He reminds everyone of the importance of wearing a personal flotation device when in or around water.
LISD Foundation Grant: For Liberty Residents, Norman and Brenda Dykes, have made what is known as a Century Club Donation to the Liberty ISD Educational Foundation in memory of the late Mrs. Jana Buchanan. In a news release to local news media, the Foundation says the donation by Norman and Brenda Dykes establishes the Jana Marie Buchanan Grant. This grant honors Jana’s 25 years of service to Liberty ISD and specifically recognizes all school district paraprofessionals and their valuable commitment to every student’s education. The news release says the foundation has also received donations in Jana’s memory from Lisa and Mike Little, Caroline, and Larry Wadzeck, Beverly Davis, DeDe Moorman, and the Sounds of Texas Radio program. The Foundation encourages anyone wishing to make a donation to this Foundation, to send them to PO Box 10437, Liberty, Texas 77575. Paraprofessionals, teachers, and all LISD employees can apply each year for innovative grants that help all LISD students. Since its founding in 2007, the foundation has given grants totaling just over $226,500 to supporting LISD students. Jana Buchanan died in a fall at her Liberty home only a few weeks ago
Storytime: Each week the Liberty Municipal Library hosts Storytime for the younger children at the library. However, because of COVID-19 Storytime, it has not been possible to host Storytime, at least in person. Children’s Librarian Katie Edgell and Maggie Varela created a virtual Storytime each week for the kids. Amber Ursrpung with the Liberty Library says a craft project accompanies the week's story. Ms. Ursprung says a staff member will post the new Storytime each Wednesday on the library's Facebook page.
Lake Release : 4,015 CFS – Liberty Bridge : 10.45 ASL