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Jul 14, 2020 - 21:43

The following reflects votes cast in Liberty County only.

Kelly D. Stretcher of First Liberty National Bank has been elected to the board of directors of the Texas Bankers Association. He was elected during the association’s first Virtual Annual Convention. His first term was nearly 11 years ago while he was the president and COO of First National Bank of Gilmer.

Jul 13, 2020 - 19:26

There was once a post office in Liberty County, Texas, at a place called Arion. Can anyone tell us where that was?

How about Dew Drop? Fox? Morard? Perryman?

The Vindicator has found roughly where Willy was, but can anyone tell us where Whooten’s Wharf would have been?

Sam Houston State University has been designated by The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through 2025.


Jun 25, 2020 - 16:15

It is a big day for Lance Mosley, recently graduated from West Hardin High School. He signed to play basketball next season at Victoria College. Beaumont’s KFDM came for an interview, and two or three dozen of his friends and family turned out to congratulate him.

Look for more about Mosley and more photos in next week’s edition of The Vindicator.


In 2018, Liberty Head Coach Karen Slack led the Lady Panthers to a state championship in Austin with a 3-1 win over Vernon. At the time Slack had mostly a bunch of freshman and sophomores.

Jun 11, 2020 - 00:00

The following appeared in E.W. Pickett’s Base Ball News column of Sept. 17, 1909. The paragraph above it explained, “Some few years ago when Liberty and Dayton were fighting for the championship of Liberty county, the following verses were composed, and as they have never been published, it would fit the occasion to publish them now.” The occasion was Liberty’s winning the 1909 championship over Dayton by 7-1.

It’s a sport that a lot of people have yet to hear of but is starting to scratch the edge of the surface. Welcome to the sport of FootGolf.


Jun 4, 2020 - 00:00

On the night of Dec. 16, 1773, the Sons of Liberty destroyed $1.7 million worth of private property to protest an act of the British government for which the corporate owners of the tea were in no way responsible.

The following was written by Chief Vine in response to the recent incident in Minneapolis which ended in the tragic death of George Floyd.

May 21, 2020 - 00:00

The media is failing on a fundamental level to report the pandemic in the one way reportage would matter most. This is, I hope, the greatest drama of our time, yet it is the first such worldwide crisis in two centuries that has no human face in the public media.

Why doesn’t the media report when COVID-19 cases have recovered?

Why? Math. That’s why.


Louie “Lee” Elmer Robinson III passed away on Thursday, July 9, at HCA Houston Healthcare in Clear Lake. He was born to parents Louie Elmer Robinson Jr. and Jean Elizabeth Luther Robinson on Aug. 30, 1952 in Ft. Benning, Georgia.

Jul 15, 2020 - 11:02

Randy Alan Page, 65, of Liberty passed away on Sunday, July 12, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born on May 14, 1955 in Baytown to parents Donald Odell Page and Vivian Lavoice Coffman Page.

Robert Edwin “Pete” Taylor, 81, of Liberty passed away peacefully on Monday, March 23, at his home with his loving family by his side. Due to COVID-19, the family was unable to have a service at the time of his death. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, July 25, at 2 p.m. at North Main Baptist Church in Liberty.

Ophelia “Fela” L. Colburn, 72, of Dayton passed away on Thursday, July 9, in Houston. She was born on Sept. 1, 1947, in Rio Grande City to the late Juan Lopez and Maria Sosa. In 1997, she married the love of her life, Willie B. Colburn, where they spent the next 23 years together here in Dayton.