RADIOGRAM: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

Volume 35                               Number 188                    Wednesday September 23, 2020 Dayton football game moved to Saturday 2PM: Bad weather and missed practices have prompted both Dayton and Montgomery coaches to agree to move the season opener in Montgomery to Saturday with Kick Off at 2PM. KSHN will still broadcast the game on our website Go to and click the SPORTS tab for an easy link to ticket purchase


   Covid 19 report:  Liberty County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Crista Beasley Adams released the most recent report of new Covid 19 cases in Liberty County which covers the period of September 18th through September 21st. During that 4 day period 54 new cases were confirmed in Liberty County. Those cases brings the total of Liberty Countians diagnosed with Covid 19 since Mid-March to 1628.  Of those, 109 are cases where treatment is on going, 1471 are considered to have recovered and 48 residents have died from coronavirus symptoms.  Of the 54 new cases, 33 are from the North part of Liberty County and 21 are from the South, 22 of the new cases were male and 32 are female. 27 of the new cases were reported in those who are under the age of 40.  


Liberty County Commissioners Court:  In attendance for their regular meeting of the Liberty County Commissioners Court were County Judge Jay Knight and Commissioner Precinct 1 Bruce Karbowski, Commissioner Precinct 2 Greg Arthur, Commissioner Precinct 3 James “Boo” Reaves and Commissioner Precinct 4 Leon Wilson.  Because of the Covid 19 pandemic it has been several months since the Court has met with all commissioners and the County judge present.  County Judge Jay Knight noted the Liberty County Prayer March scheduled for this coming Saturday, June 26th.  Judge Knight also took note of the recent passing of former County Commissioner Harry Hilton. County Judge Knight called for a vote on the fiscal year 2021 budget. That was approved unanimously, as was the new lower property tax rate. That new tax rate, previously reported on, for the new fiscal year will be .5543 cents per $100 of appraised property value. As is obvious, this translated to a little over 55 cents per 100 dollars of property value. That lowered tax rate was approved by commissioners. The new fiscal year begins on Thursday October 1st, and, as reported on KSHN, that’s when the county takes back the operation of the Liberty County Jail for the first time since 1993.  Commissioner Greg Arthur told KSHN that all involved in this transition believe, thanks to getting an early start, it will ensure a smooth take over. Dayton City Council:  During the Monday, September 21st Dayton City Council Meeting a resolution was adopted that authorizes an Incentive Agreement for Business and Commercial Development between the Dayton Community Development Corporation (DCDC) and Colgan – Wilson Metals LLC, also known as Colgan Industries being located on Klemp Road.  The DCDC may provide up to $20,500 in incentives to Colgan, which will offset some of the expenses involved in permitting, cost of construction, as well as any costs associated with their relocation.  Colgan agrees to invest a minimum of 1.9 million dollars for this industrial project. Colgan Industries will operate at the industrial complex, 825 Klemp Road in Dayton. That large industrial building has been vacant since AMICO closed the plant in Dayton. Part of the agreement stipulates that Colgan Industries will employ at least 15 fulltime workers, each earning at least $71,000 per year. The employee level must be maintained through December 2026. The DCDC agrees to pay the first year of membership dues for Colgan to be in the Dayton Chamber of Commerce.


Update on suspect from murder in North Liberty County: In the update provided by Sheriff’s Captain DeFoor he said that Liberty County Sheriff’s Investigator Sean Mitchell has advised  the gray Ford pick-up truck, driven by the murder suspect, is now in possession of Sheriff’s Investigators. This suspect is identified as Jose Marin Soriano and he is thought to have switched vehicles. Soriano may now be driving a relatives Black 2009 Honda Accord.  That vehicle is bearing Texas license plate number N D D 7500. If the whereabouts of Soriano is known the Sheriff’s Investigators urge citizens not to attempt to approach the murder suspect but call the Sheriff’s Office at (936) 336-4500. or call the Multi-County Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-392-STOP. That could result in a cash reward and the caller will remain anonymous. Jose Soriano is considered to be dangerous. He is the north liberty county suspect reported to have shot and killed one woman while another woman was chained to a bed post. That victim was sexually assaulted. She was, however, able to get the cell phone of the suspect and call for help. The other victim tried to escape but was shot to death and badly burned. Since then this attacker has been on the lose. Again, the Liberty County Sheriff’s department has urged the public to avoid this suspect because he is thought to be dangerous. Call either the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department at 936-336-4500 or the multi-county crime stoppers at 1-800-392 –STOP.  If an arrest occurs it could result in a cash reward and the identity of the caller will remain anonymous. *********************************************************************************************************

Obit:  Shirley Hursey Sturm: passed away last Friday at the age of 87,.her family said her passing came after a progressive decline from Alzheimers. Shirley Sturm received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Southeastern Louisiana University, Master of Science in Physiology from LSU, and 52 pre-doctoral hours from Oklahoma University. She worked many years as a scientist and ultimately worked the balance of her career with the Central Intelligence Agency. Her career and credentials are far to extensive to report here. She is survived by three children and numerous, grandchildren. Shirley was a woman of great intellect and cast an indelible mark on all she touched.  Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton is in charge of her arrangements and for now no service is planned., ************************************************************************ Lake Livingston Release:  4000 CFS      City of Liberty Bridge Gauge: 12.28 ASL

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