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Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 12:00am

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are warning the public about several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 12:00am

For nearly 24 years, Devin Ray “Donkey” Whiteley served his community as a volunteer firefighter, and people from around Liberty County came to show their respect for the fallen hero.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 12:00am

Simple living in today’s time is not always so simple. With technology at our fingertips, at all hours of the day, no matter where we are, we are being constantly distracted by things, such as social media, emails, APPS, and so much more. We are just starting 2021, and it’s already tough. We have political arguments going on, Covid-19 running crazy across the world and so much economic hardship across our county. I feel like we are under so much stress just by watching and reading the news, plus there are normal things still going on called “Life.” Man, oh man, how I miss the of life.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 12:00am

A decision was made during the Tuesday, Jan. 19 meeting of the Cleveland City Council to approve a name change for the currently named Lilley Avenue to James Carter Sr. Avenue.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 12:00am

ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 12:00am

The city of Cleveland is poised for substantial growth in future years, with much of the growth coming even sooner. In efforts to accommodate this growth, commercial and residential developers have planted stakes in the Cleveland area, allowing for current and future development.

News

Jan 21, 2021 - 00:00

The City of Cleveland appointed Robert Pennington as City Manager on Jan. 19. Pennington has been the interim City Manager since Sept. 15, 2020 and was previously Asst. City Manager and Finance Manager. Contributed photo

Jan 21, 2021 - 00:00

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are warning the public about several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines.

Jan 21, 2021 - 00:00

For nearly 24 years, Devin Ray “Donkey” Whiteley served his community as a volunteer firefighter, and people from around Liberty County came to show their respect for the fallen hero.

Sports

The Dayton Broncos flooded the Port Arthur Memorial goalie box for shots on Thursday night at home, and it paid off as four of those found the nets in a 4-1 win over the Titans during the Dayton Soccer Tournament. The Broncos wasted little time in getting good looks as a shot by Ismael Navarro just missed in the 6th minute, but one minute later, it was a different result with David Perez scoring on a breakaway, and Dayton had a 1-0 advantage. Navarro and Jorge Sifuentes both took shots on goals in the loth and 13th minute, but neither one could find the mark. That changed in the 2oth minute when Anner Aparicio beat the Port Arthur Memorial goalie for a goal to make it 2-0. The assists were by Ezequiel Garcia. The Titans did make things interesting briefly as they cut the deficit in half at the 35th minute with a score to make it 2-1. Three minutes later, the Broncos did respond with Nick Kopecky assisting Bryan Martinez for a goal in the 38th minute, and Dayton led 3-1. The Broncos then put the game out of reach in the 46th minute, with Alonso Puente scoring on a nice high arching shot to make it 4-1. Dayton will host New Caney Porter on January 26 to start district play.

The Hardin Lady Hornets put together a strong second half at home on Tuesday night in district play against Anderson-Shiro. Unfortunately, it was a bad first half that proved to be costly as the Fighting Lady Owns left town with a 49-34 win. Anderson-Shiro jumped out to a 14-1 advantage in the opening quarter until a three-pointer by Haven Crump made it 14-4. The second period was much of the same as the Fighting Lady Owls outscored Hardin 19-8 to lead 33-12 at the half. Madison Boston did have six of her team-high 15 points in the quarter. The third quarter was owned by the Lady Hornets, though. Jumpers by Reese Parker and Maddy Fregia made it a 39-20 score, and then a steal by Fregia led to a lay-up by Boston and the deficit was down to 39-24, and Anderson-Shiro needed a timeout. Early in the fourth quarter, it was Fayth Adams hitting the offensive boards and scoring to cut the deficit to 42-28. Boston ended her strong night with a steal and score for the final score of 49-34. Parker added six points for Hardin, who was not helped at the free-throw line with just a 5 for 15 showing. Anderson-Shiro was 19 of 36 from the charity stripe. The Lady Hornets will host Trinity on Friday night.

Hull-Daisetta guard Kaylei Armstrong may not be very big, but if you leave the freshman open, she will make you pay the price, and when you try to guard her tightly, she will find a way to get past you. On Friday night at home in a big district game with Evadale, Armstrong proved just why she is going to be a nightmare for opposing teams the next four years as she poured in 22 points to lead the Lady Cats to a nice 49-39 victory over the Lady Rebels. Armstrong scored 14 of her points in the first half, with 10 of those coming in the opening period. Hull-Daisetta jumped out to an early 7-4 lead on a bucket by Samantha Rose. Armstrong then nailed a three-pointer and bucket to extend the advantage to 14-10 after the first eight minutes. Midway through the second quarter, Vaquaylon Hoskins drove the bucket and scored to up the lead to 24-17. The Lady Cats would lead 28-25 at the break. Evadale cut the Hull-Daisetta advantage to 30-29 early in the third quarter, but the Lady Cats responded with a 6-1 run capped off by a three-pointer by Hoskins to make it 36-29. Armstrong then got a steal and score, and the advantage was up to 42-33 with 6:23 left in the game. Down the stretch, it was Armstrong connecting on four free throws down the stretch to secure the win. Rose added 13 points for Hull-Daisetta, and Hoskins chipped in with 10.

The Tarkington Longhorns started the second half on a 17-0 run, and that would be enough in grabbing a 61-35 district win over Hardin on Saturday afternoon at home. After Tarkington grabbed an early advantage thanks to a Blake Ellington three-pointer, the Hornets cut the deficit to 10-8 thanks to an offensive rebound and score by Carson Williams. Moments later, it was Williams again grabbing an offensive board and scoring to keep the deficit at 15-12. Williams scored the first 12 points of the game for Hardin. Late in the opening quarter, Colby Morris hauled an offensive rebound for the Longhorns and flipped the ball back in the bucket to make it a 19-12 lead. Tarkington then doubled up the Hornets early in the second stanza as Blake Ellington connected from downtown and then scored after grabbing a rebound, and the advantage was up to 24-12. Down by14, Hardin then went on a nice 11-3 run to get within 29-23, capped off by a three-point play by Colby Barrett. The Longhorns led 32-23 at the break. It was all Tarkington in the third quarter as they put the game away with a 20-2 quarter. Trae Deck scored back-to-back buckets, and then Dee Brandon nailed a couple of three-pointers, and the advantage was out to 49-23. The Hornets did get a nice trey from Caden Elmore in the final quarter to get within 55-33, but at that point, the game was already out of reach. Williams led Hardin with 13 points, and Elmore finished with 10. The Longhorns were led by Cameron Iterisano with 12 points, and Blake Ellington chipped in with n. The Hornets will travel to Trinity on Friday night while Tarkington will host New Waverly.

Opinions

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement in response to President Biden’s announcement he will cancel the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline:

Jan 21, 2021 - 00:00

Simple living in today’s time is not always so simple. With technology at our fingertips, at all hours of the day, no matter where we are, we are being constantly distracted by things, such as social media, emails, APPS, and so much more. We are just starting 2021, and it’s already tough. We have political arguments going on, Covid-19 running crazy across the world and so much economic hardship across our county. I feel like we are under so much stress just by watching and reading the news, plus there are normal things still going on called “Life.” Man, oh man, how I miss the of life.

The Legislature has ended its first week of session. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Senate has decided to recess until January 26th. However, we will still be working hard in the meantime on legislation for Senate District 3.

Jan 21, 2021 - 00:00

ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

Obituaries

Jan 21, 2021 - 00:00

Adelene Graves Stevens, 96, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021. She was born on May 9, 1924 in Dayton, Texas, to William F. Graves and Rena Nottingham Graves. Adelene was very involved in the Dayton community throughout her life. She joined the First Baptist Church of Dayton in 1937. She was a Charter Member and former President of Lambda Alpha Sigma, member and Treasurer of Dayton Historical Society, member and former Secretary for both The Friends of the Library and Magnolia Park Cemetery Alliance. She retired as Vice President for Dayton State Bank after working for 25 years.

Jan 21, 2021 - 00:00

Derek Alan Taylor, age 34 of Cleveland, Texas passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021. He was born October 23,1986 in Conroe, Texas to parents Kenneth and Sue Taylor. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Amos Albert Brinser (PawPaw) and Chu Hsia Brinser (MeMe), and Douglas Kenneth Taylor; uncle, Douglas Alan Taylor; and aunt, Debra Faye Staples.

A love story that never ends, Floyd Marshall Ballou and Joan Ballou Hershberger of La Porte, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, just a few hours apart, at their home. Floyd was born on July 3o, 1938, in De Queen, Arkansas, to the late Willie B. and Annie Mae Ragin Ballou. Joan was born on September 14, 1946, in Galveston, Texas to the late John M. and Essie Lynn Neal Arnold.

Jan 21, 2021 - 00:00

Ricky Alford, 64, of Hardin, Texas, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021 at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown. Ricky was born September 25,1956 in Pasadena, Texas to parents Richard Alford, Sr. and Glenna Hoobler of Liberty, Texas.