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Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 12:00am

LIBERTY — City Council met in a special called meeting Tuesday night, and the Liberty Municipal Airport was the hot ticket item as city leaders debated the addition of new t-hangars at the facility.

Over the weekend, residents took to social media to bring attention to the project, with most protesting the plan and concerns over using city funds and other infrastructure needs.

Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 12:00am

LIBERTY — Last year, the Liberty Municipal Library saw the retirement of longtime Director Dana Abshier, and now the city has named its choice to fill those shoes.

Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 12:00am

CLEVELAND — A vehicle crash in the downtown area resulted in a fatality on the morning of Friday, May 10.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 3:24pm

The Liberty Lady Panthers flexed a little muscle in Game 2 of the Class 4A Region III Championship on Saturday with a big 12

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 1:34pm

AUSTIN –FEMA has activated Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) for Texans displaced by recent storms in Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 2:24pm

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott announced today that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) received federal approval allowing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients impacted by recent storms to purchase hot foods and ready-to-eat meals with their benefits.

News

LIBERTY — City Council met in a special called meeting Tuesday night, and the Liberty Municipal Airport was the hot ticket item as city leaders debated the addition of new t-hangars at the facility.

Over the weekend, residents took to social media to bring attention to the project, with most protesting the plan and concerns over using city funds and other infrastructure needs.

LIBERTY — Last year, the Liberty Municipal Library saw the retirement of longtime Director Dana Abshier, and now the city has named its choice to fill those shoes.

CLEVELAND — A vehicle crash in the downtown area resulted in a fatality on the morning of Friday, May 10.

There was a bit of excitement on Saturday afternoon as news broke of an old steam locomotive making its way across Texas, including a route through Liberty County.

Sports

May 30, 2024 - 00:00

Girls Softball Playoff Scores

-Regional Finals-

Gm. 1 – Liberty 2 Bullard 1

Gm. 2 – Liberty 12 Bullard 3

(Liberty wins series 2-0)

-Regional Champions-

Upcoming Girls Softball Playoff Games

Liberty – Canton – State Semi-Finals – 5/31/24 – 7 p.m. – Austin

-If Liberty wins-

HUNTSVILLE — The Liberty Lady Panthers came a step closer to reaching the state tournament again after taking a nice win on Thursday night in game one of the Class 4A Region III Championship.

May 30, 2024 - 00:00

LUFKIN — After being held to just three hits in game one against Bullard on Thursday night the Liberty Lady Panthers made some adjustments at the plate and put on a hitting clinic in game two of the Class 4A Region III Championship.

Teams: Liberty Lady Panthers vs Canton Lady Eagles

When: Thursday at 7 pm

Where: Red and Charline McCombs Field at the University of Texas

What's at Stake: Class 4A State Semifinals, with the winner advancing to the State Championship Game

Records: Liberty 40-2; Canton 32-8

Opinions

Seven Texas counties have been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for grants for emergency work and replacement of disaster- damaged public infrastructure, after severe weather and flooding struck much of Deep East Texas, Gov. Gregg Abbott’s office reported. Counties eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance program include Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker.

Texas House Democrats are urging Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session to increase public school funding, while Abbott is criticizing them for opposing legislation last year that tied increased funding to his pet project — school vouchers. The Austin American- Statesman reported the Democrats sent a letter, written by Rep. Jon Rosenthal, D- Houston, calling for a 30- day special session focused on both increasing per- student funding and investing more in school safety.

“Our public schools are the bedrock of our communities, and it’s imperative we provide them with the resources they need to thrive,” Rosenthal said.

As East Texas residents return to clean up their homes and businesses after extensive flooding earlier this month, the Texas Department of State Health Services urged residents and business owners to exercise caution. Among the recommendations:

April was a busy month for tornadoes across the United States with 373 recorded, bringing the total for the year to 549, the Austin American-Statesman reported. That is nearly double the average at this point in the year, the National Weather Service says.

Obituaries

May 28, 2024 - 11:58

Naomi Dean Griffin, 79, of Spring, Texas passed away on May 21, 2024.  

May 28, 2024 - 10:38

Dava Denise Greak, 70, of Holly Lake Ranch Texas peacefully ascended into the arms of Jesus Christ Saturday, May 25th. She was born on January 12, 1954, in Gilmer, Texas to Paul Marion Tuel and Gwendolyn Marie Tuel. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother.  

Apr 30, 2024 - 08:59

Earlene Oramae Skarpa, 88, a longtime resident of Dayton, Texas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Highlands, Texas. She was born on September 13, 1935, in Crosby, Texas, to the late Arthur and Elizabeth Baumbach Roeder.  

Apr 30, 2024 - 08:56

Victor Dan Stephens, age 73, of Dayton, Texas, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 30, 1950, in McComb, Mississippi, to the late B.J. and Frances Florena Freeman Stephens.