Volume 35, No. 91 Friday, May 8, 2020
Fatal Wreck: Liberty Police are investigating a fatality crash which happened at the intersection of Hwy 146 Bypass and Woodsprings Dr. at approximately 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The initial investigation determined that –two vehicles were traveling north on Hwy 146 Bypass when one vehicle crashed into the back of the other. Both vehicles left the roadway and came to rest over 200’ from the approximate point of impact. A 50 year old Liberty man was driving the 2007 PT Cruiser that was struck from behind. This driver was transported to Herman Memorial Hospital by Life Flight air ambulance where he died from injuries sustained. He has been identified as Michael Eugene Johnson. The second vehicle a ½ ton pickup was driven by another 50 year old Liberty man, Douglas Arthur Bates Jr., who was transported to Liberty Dayton Hospital by City of Liberty EMS. He was discharged shortly after being checked. The investigation continues.
Mothers Day: Sunday is Mother’s Day. The first ever Mother’s Day, in the US, began in the early 1900s. History.com says a woman by the name of Anna Jarvis wanted to honor mothers for the sacrifices they make for their kids. Following her own mother’s death in 1905, Anna Jarvis started Mother’s Day. Just before the Civil War, Anna’s mother, Ann, helped create Mother’s Day work clubs. That was to teach mothers then how to take better care of their children. Still divided over the Civil War, the Mother’s Day Clubs served as a unifying force in West Virginia. In a quest to honor her own mom, in 1908, Anna got financial help from John Wanamaker, a department store owner in Philadelphia. That year Mother’s Day was celebrated at a Grafton, West Virginia Methodist Church. It was also celebrated at the department store Mr. Wanamaker owned. That’s when Mother’s Day in the US really began. Tomorrow we will talk about how Mother’s Day grew into what it is today. It is for good reason, we believe, one of the biggest holidays, especially in terms of what is spent nationwide.
Red Cross Emergency Assistance: The American Red Cross began an Emergency Financial Assistance Program offering eligible households $450 in financial assistance to support emergency needs following the Southeast Texas tornado outbreak in late April. This program will serve households with homes that sustained major damage or were destroyed. The Red Cross Assistance Program will only be available. via telephone, to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols. The head of households are encouraged to call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) to start their application. The application process is underway now and will continue thru Monday May 25.
COVID and Church: The Covid 19 pandemic has affected all our lives but clearly in many different ways. We got an email from a local church organization that represents 42 local churches. What an interesting variation of decisions in that one group of 42 churches: Here are their plans for resuming to open services. 3 never stopped meeting in their sanctuaries, 1 resumed April 26, another 6 started back May 3. 7 plan on May 10th, Mothers Day. 2 plan to resume May 24. 3 more churches plan to resume May 31st and 14 churches still haven't decided. If you sweep around to all the other churches and the hundreds of businesses and offices we suspect you will find about the same variation of what and when they will resume operations.
Elvin Dwayne “Rooster” Brown, 55, of Hardin died Friday, May 1. Service will be 2:00 p.m., this Friday, at North Main Baptist Church.
Lake Release: 14,000 CFS –Liberty Bridge: 18.78 ASL