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Volume 35 Number 207 Tuesday October 13, 2020

Hull Daisetta closes elementary school:  Out of, what is being called,  an “abundance of caution”  Hull Daisetta Elementary campus in Hull has been closed for the next 14 days, that’s ten school days.  Hull Daisetta Superintendent Tim Bartram reported they had 4 students who were displaying COVID symptoms, and that is why they decided to close the campus to in person instruction.  They will, however, resume virtual instruction right away, according to the Superintendent. Superintendent Bartram said, as of yesterday, there were no confirmed cases at the elementary school. There was one confirmed case of Covid – 19 to an employee at Hull Daisetta High School in Daisetta, but after careful examination by the school districts committee it was determined that employee was not in contact with members of the high school student body and other staff members and so no action was taken at the High School campus. Again the elementary school on FM 834 in Hull has been closed down for two weeks after some 4 students there developed symptoms of coronavirus.        ************************************************************************

School Bus accident in Liberty – No injuries reported. Liberty Police investigated a vehicle crash Monday afternoon at about 4PM when an older model SUV collided with the rear end of a Liberty ISD school bus. There was an estimated 20 children on board.  Most importantly let us report, there were no injuries on the school bus.  Those students were transferred to another LISD school bus to continue on its appointed rounds. Occupants of the SUV were both juveniles and reports that we got, was the driver was not licensed. One of the two juveniles in the SUV sustained a bloody nose that was treated in just minutes. Liberty Police Officer, Jacob Cantu, related that it appeared that the driver of the SUV was not paying attention and struck the school bus.  Liberty ISD Director of Transportation, Robert Ward was able to drive the bus that was struck from the rear, safely away from the accident scene without problems. The SUV did not fare as well and had to be loaded onto a flat bed wrecker and transported from where the crash occurred.  Both the driver and passenger of the sports utility vehicle were taken to the Liberty Police station for a further interview in conjunction with the investigation.  The driver was not identified by police, in as much as he was a juvenile operating, we are told, without a drivers license. Again no injuries among students on the school bus struck in the rear of the Liberty School bus Monday afternoon  at about  4PM. ************************************************************************

Dayton Happenings: Two Dayton businesses have been recognized as October winners by the Dayton Enhancement Committee. The businesses are Dayton Trading at 603 East Highway 90 and Allegiance Bank – 501 North Cleveland in Dayton. Purpose of the enhancement committee is to make recommendations to Dayton City Council on matters relating to the beautification, maintenance, and development of public property in Dayton. The idea came from former Dayton Mayor Jeff Lambright back in early 2016. Since Dayton is, quote - “in the middle of everything”  end quote – positioned close to Houston to the west, Beaumont to the east, NASA and Galveston to the south, and with a major Texas highway- US 90 running through the middle of town. Also, it was announced that city crews will begin asphalt overlay on West Kay Street between North Main Street and North Cleveland. That work should be complete by Wednesday Afternoon. By the way, we are told West Kay will be closed to through traffic from 8:00AM until 4:00PM during the work on Wednesday.  Roy Rodriguez, The Director of Public Works for Dayton said they will also be working on Coleman Street between Kay and East Waring. The hope is to have street work completed on Coleman by the time the new Kay Street Apartments are opened for occupancy. CASA Volunteer opportunity:  Here is a volunteer opportunity for someone who always wanted to make a big difference in the life of a child. Court Appointed Special Advocates, better known as CASA.   CASA is only for those who really care about helping kids. CASA is an organization headquartered in Liberty but badly needing volunteers in both Liberty and Chambers Counties. For those interested, CASA has upcoming informational meetings to learn more. They will take place twice very soon, on Thursday, October 15th. The first meeting time is 1:00PM and the second is 6:00PM. Both meetings will be online via Zoom. That date again is October 15th – Thursday of this week.  According to the Department of Family and Protective Services there are about 1,700 to 2,000 children and older youth reported missing from foster care in any given year. In many cases, we are told,  that missing in reality means they have run away. Some of the reasons kids give for running away is anger at the foster care system, desire to be on their own, and wanting to see their family. According to Kimberly Stephens, the Executive Director of CASA of Liberty and Chambers County, kids in foster care need stability, someone in their corner, and someone to listen and understand. In fact they need a CASA volunteer speaking up for them and their best interests. We are told that teenagers who have a CASA volunteer to support them are less likely to run away while in foster care. For more information, attend the next information session for CASA volunteers. Remember it’s this Thursday - October 15, at 2 times. One is at 1 PM and the other or 6 PM,  via zoom. For those who always wanted to make a real difference in a young child’s life or that of a teenager,  please email mcotten@casalctx.org for registration and to link, or visit online right away at casalctx.org.

John Hebert Sr.: Liberty lost an amazing man Monday.  John Hebert Sr., born in 1938, passed away shortly before noon Monday, October 12, after a lengthy illness.  John was well known in the area for his monumental support of his church, family, and his community.  John was always available for those in need, from little league to an individual family. The recipient of virtually every major citizenship honor in Liberty County, John Hebert was a giant even among the greatest. Arraignments are pending at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty. ************************************************************************

Lake Livingston Release: 1250 CFS            Liberty Bridge Gauge: 6.8 ASL

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