RADIOGRAM:  Volume 35 Number 157 Friday August 14, 2020


Liberty City Council:  At the Tuesday August 11th, regular meeting of the Liberty City Council several resolutions were passed.  One was asking for  authorization to spend $722,960 from the legendary Cambridge Fund that has allowed for many improvements in the City of Liberty. That Fund is all part of agreements between the cities of Liberty, Jasper and Livingston with the Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency, also known as the SRMPA, created in 1979. Liberty City Manager Tom Warner explained a breakdown of what the money would be used for. Of the $722,960 total expenditure, a half million dollars would go for purchase and installation of fiber optic lines in the city.  There are three proposed fiber optic lines to be installed. One is from City Hall to the Municipal Library on Sam Houston Street. Another run is from City Hall to the Public Works Department 1100 N. Main Street and the third would run from the Public Works Department to the Police Department – 1912 Lakeland Drive.  Those lines would only be installed after the new $90,000 telephone system for all municipal offices and services is installed.  Tom Warner told our reporter, this will be to insure all computer technology systems in Liberty are compatible and work well together. Some money goes to update the cities Computer technology for the Police Department and other city departments.  Replacements for the desk top computer would be the newer more versatile lap tops. The cost for all these new computers is 68,900 dollars. The City of Liberty Police Department would also get new body cameras for officers to wear. That would cost 38,700 dollars as well as new bulletproof vests with a price tag of 13,160 dollars. Most of that expenditure replaces some body armor vests that have become, through the years, so old they need to be replaced. The Liberty Police Department will also get new voice recorders at a cost of some $12,200. ************************************************************************

Liberty County Jail: As has been reported, come October 1st, the operation of the Liberty County Jail will, for the first time in 27 years, again be under the total control of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department. During a recent Party Line Program, the subject of inmate medical care for inmates was brought up. Currently the jail contractor GEO takes responsibility for the medical care the inmates receive with an outside contractor . Currently GEO transports their inmates needing advanced medical care to HCA Kingwood Medical Center. That is some 35 miles from the Liberty County jail.  County Judge Jay Knight and Sheriff Bobby Rader both are looking for a less expensive and safer option. Now the county is considering the Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center. ***********************************************************************

Covid 19: The Liberty County Office of Emergency Management updated the latest confirmed case numbers in the Covid 19 Pandemic. The total number of cases of coronavirus in Liberty County, since reporting began in mid-March, inched ever closer to the frightening level of a 1000 case mark.  To be exact, there have now been 955 cases of Covid 19 confirmed in Liberty County.  34 Liberty County residents have died due to symptoms of this vicious virus.  400 cases are considered still active, however there have been 521 folks who are now being counted as recovered. The number of new cases was thankfully much lower than in the past few days with 9 confirmed new cases of Covid 19 here in Liberty County. Of these new cases, 3 were from north of state highway 105 here in Liberty County while 9 cases were from the south part of the county. 4 were male and 5 were female. Of these new cases 1 was  found in a person under 10 years of age, 3 in their 20’s, 1 each in their 30’s and 40’s, 2 in their 50’s and 1 in their 60’s


Liberty Panther Football Tickets: We have word about Liberty Panther home game football ticket sales but the big news is, due to the state social distancing rules, their will be no reserved seats available. The season begins on August 28th with a home game. There are only four home games for Liberty in this 2020 high school football season. Liberty High School Districts Angela Kriegel does assure fans who have had season tickets, records of those season tickets, will be held over until the High School is able to offer season packages again. Here’s the new ticket policies. Parents of Varsity Players, Varsity Cheerleaders & Band members, & Drill team will all be able to purchase up to 4 home game ticket packets per participant a family has in those various high school programs. General Admission ticket packets are 20 dollars each for the entire season. Student ticket packets are 12 dollars each for the entire home season. Here is how you buy those season tickets for parents or guardians of participants of varsity football, varsity cheerleaders, band members, and varsity drill team members. Now pay close attention to location and times –they are very different than in the past. The adult or student ticket packets will be available for parents or guardians for purchase August 17th thru 21st at the north end of the home side of Memorial Stadium, between 9:00 AM and Noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Then On Tuesday and Thursday, those packets may be purchased between Noon and 3:00PM.  After that is over then the general student body and the general public may buy their ticket packets, for the same price, for the four home games from August 24 through August 27th at the north end of Memorial Stadium. That week Monday and Wednesday from 9 till noon and Tuesday and Thursday from noon until 3 PM.  No ticket sales on Friday the 28th of August . Should the school be allowed to add capacity for home games, tickets may be purchased on game day. Angela Kreigel may be contacted for additional information at 936-336-7213, extension 1250. ************************************************************************

Obits:  Michael E. Lambert 61 of Raywood. memory includes his son, Damien August; brothers, David Lambert Sr. of Missouri City, TX; Danny Lambert; and sister, Ruth Ann Lambert, both of Raywood, TX. He will also be greatly missed by a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Visitation will be Saturday 8:30 until 10 am with service to follow at 11. The funeral service is by invitation only. ************************************************************************

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