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Gene Cernan, "The Last Man On The Moon," has died. Cernan, a friend, embodied all of "The Right Stuff" that made the U.S. space program such a historically significant success, and none of the celebrity nonsense that occasionally blighted the program. Few know that he and a good-old-boy partner once ran longhorns in North Liberty and South San Jacinto Counties. I think Gene was much more comfortable in muddy boots than in the suits his life forced him to wear. I had the good pleasure of observing Cernan at major social events. He would invariably wander away from the big shots and turn his attention to little boys. With a lap full of boys, often his grandsons, he would pass on the legendary stories of the space program. Glistening with the stories he told, I'd like to think that those boys' wide and brightened eyes are Gene's greatest legacy. Bordering on bitterness, Cernan lamented the effective abandonment of the space program. With giants like Cernan gone, the great successes of the U.S. space program are decades old, and even the physical accomplishments are rusting memories. Cernan believed that our government made a grave error by not continuing to push the envelope beyond the moon and out into space. Godspeed Gene Cernan.
I caught Trump's news conference what a train wreck! He makes no sense, he's redundant, vindictive and doesn't have a clue as to what he is supposed to be doing. I also see at the city library a maroon truck with a camper on it displaying a "proud to be a deplorable" sign on it's window or something to that effect. I can't bring myself to understand what kind of person displays such idiotic crap so proudly. Thanks to morons like that guy who owns that truck and others of that ilk we now have the most unqualified person ever to take over the leadership of the Nation. This is the direct result of the failure of our education system. Now we cultivate citizens who are being educated for nothing more than how to make a buck. Liberal Arts are no longer emphasized, reading is mocked, and a simplistic attitude toward life has taken precedent. Television sit-coms and shows about zombies and media celebrities who are constantly being sued for sex crimes and then are allowed to keep their jobs in spite of their behavior are held up for adulation, like Fox's Bill O'Reilly. The chickens have come home to roost as one social critic once said, when movies like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer is a popular movie among people something isn't right. Maybe it should be said that the "idiots have come home to roost".
It is going to be a long sad eight years for the person who wrote the comment admitting he "did not understand" President-Elect Trump!
To the butthurt Dim that watched Trump's news conference. I hope you're OK, we don't need our special perpetual victims to be in distress. That mean ol' Trump, shame on him.I can recommend a hot cocoa recipe if you'd like, a warm blanket, some tissue and maybe a puppy will pull you through this stressful time.
Feedback Reply - Watched Trump's news conference.: You lost, no amount of whining or crying by you and your liberal, left-winger RINO or Democratic Crowd Will Change That! MAN-UP or Shut Up.
To the poster who thinks that we liberals lost the election and need to "man up" and stop whining, hey for your information the Nation is the looser in the election. This idiot that has been elected doesn't have a clue as to what to do, every time he opens his mouth or should I say tweets his opinion on anything it's like watching a special needs person try and express himself. But that is only half the problem here, Trump is obviously not qualified to be president, that is a given, the other side of the coin is the ones who support and supported him into office. These are known as deplorables, undereducated conspiracy theorists who have finally risen above their status in the country. They have betrayed their own ignorance. I used to be able to detect the education of some one by their vocabulary, now it is much easier to tell if someone is intelligent or not I just ask them who they voted for and when they say "Trump" their IQ in my opinion drops to the various stages of imbecile 0-50 means idiot, and 51-70 means moron. Trump supporters, hog hunters, gun worshipers, confederate flag lovers, and others of that ilk all fall in there somewhere.
"Hog hunters" equals low I.Q.? If that fact was queried in one form or another on the IQ test I must have missed it.
Americans only laugh at you liberals. You claim to be intellectual superior. Liberals have destroyed Europe, liberals have destroyed South America. Now, you intellectually superior liberals want to destroy America. It's not going to happen. You are the dumbest people on the earth.As far as conspiracy theories go,it was your queen Hillary Clinton that brought up Obama's birth. Now, it's the Russians fault. Lol.Liberal democrats haven't been this mad since Republicans outlawed slavery
I am usually proud of my community. Liberty County is a great place to live, however, yesterday I was especially proud of my friends and neighbors. The flags placed in honor of Lucas Lowe, the people who lined the streets to show their love and respect, the people who traveled from all across Southeast Texas and beyond to be a part of the services....it was heart stopping and awe inspiring and I would like to say thank you......Thank you to all who helped, putting up the flags and then taking them down, directing the traffic, helping out at the church.....it was to say the least a monumental task and it went as smooth as anyone could have hoped. I know the community will continue to help and support his young widow and his soon to be born twins. Thanks Liberty County!
When you go out to eat, how do you like it when you are eating your meal and someone comes over and starts a conversation. "YOU DON"T". I'm a law officer and we get hungry like everybody else. We have a limited time to eat. Anytime we may get a call and have to leave without finishing our meal. I do appreciate it that you like police officers, but like everybody else we like a break where we can sit and not be bothered by the radio, phone, or questions from people. I hope you all don't take this the wrong way, just think about it.
"I hope you all don't take this the wrong way, just think about it." They way things are going in the world today, be glad people want to talk to you because you were the badge. They want to thank you for risking your life for theirs. Think about it.
To the Officer complaining about being bothered by your radio,telephone or the public who you occasionally are required to interact with, maybe you should take a look at your job description. I'm sure it states in at least one place that you are required to use the radio and telephone to communicate with dispatch and the public. I'm also sure it states that you are required to interact with the public in a professional manner. Having more than 20 years experience myself I don't mind telling you to suck it up and deal with it. If you don't want people talking to you while you eat then stay in your car or eat at the station. I will say I never enjoyed being interrupted either but it is part of the job. I stopped counting how many meals I got up and walked away from or threw away because "duty" called. You should also feel lucky if you are actually allowed a lunch break. Not all departments allow a lunch and not all are required to give lunch breaks since you are free to eat at any time during your shift. You chose to become a Police Officer which means you chose to put yourself in the position to be "bothered." Maybe you should go have this conversation with your Chief or Sheriff, I'm sure they will be very understanding of your problem. If you think it is wise to not talk with your boss about it then maybe you should start thinking about a new career. You will be "bothered" many times in the coming years by the people you took an oath to serve. I look forward to your response.
To respond to your comment about not being bother while I'm eating. Of course a couple took it WRONG. I don't mine talking to people it's my job, I just don't want to stop and carry on a conversation while I'm eating. I do appreciate when people thank me for what I do and I do treat people with respect,like I was raised too. As for the 20 year officer, get off your soap box. I bet when somebody ask you how your doing it take you 10 minute to tell them. Here an Idea next time your in a restaurant go sit down at somebody's table that you don't even know and start talking. I bet that will go over great. Do this hold up three fingers on one hand and read between the lines.
I'm also an officer with over 20 years experience. I too have dealt with the problem of citizens standing at my table too long while I'm eating. Unfortunately, not everyone was raised with the same manners as me. So how do I deal with it? I let them talk for a couple minutes. If they don't get the hint, I'll put my fork in my hand. If that doesn't work, I'll take a bite of my food. If they still don't get the hint, I'll go ahead and start eating. There's been several occasions where my partners and I finished a whole meal with a chatty citizen still standing there. Not much you can do about it. If they aren't swift enough to catch the hint(s), they can just stand there and watch while you keep shovelling down your grub.
Interesting reading on the Liberty County Sheriff's office Facebook page. It's comical to read at times to believe all the BS that is written. The Interdiction Team made 14 arrest in 3 day period all on drug charges. That sure seems like a lot of Interdiction's in that short period of a time without a few of them being set ups. I am not supporting the drug dealers or criminals but I sure hope I am not caught up in one of these things wrong place at the wrong time deals.
Shooting at the Deluxe Inn - sounds like a romantic evening to me.
Liberty County Hospital District Board President Bruce Stratton shamelessly announced the continuation of his controlover hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars when his good ole boy buddy Liberty Attorney Ed Pickett was sworn in. Very few people voted in their first attempt to establish this taxpayer sham and they lost so they redrew the lines and caught voters off guard and passed what has become a very lucrative district that they have controlled since its existence. Bruce Stratton's legacy!
thank you for calling out cad official,mayor. He learned from the pro. Allan (little D ) Conner and his family and friends have pulled this crap for years. All tax sales should HAVE to be sold on courthouse steps to high bidder and not to insiders or friends.
After reading the article about the Dayton property up for sale that Dayton Mayor Jeff Lambright has bid on, I hear the words, “Quid Pro Quo”! When you read the article and you know about what is being pointed out, then you see why “Quid Pro Quo” is so appropriate for this local issue. The phrase only being used on the national stage is because of number of Dollar Signs associated with it, but it can also be associated with a small town and county, like Dayton, Liberty County, Texas. Read about Mike Fielder’s many connections to Dayton, Texas and Liberty County and it behooves him to make a deal and sell it to Mayor Jeff Lambright as a favor to an elected official in Dayton, Texas and with his position at Liberty County Appraisal District. The definition of “Quid Pro Quo” is “Something given or received for something else.” according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary. The property is valued at $100,000+ and if there is a structure then worth could be more and Mayor Lambright is offering only 20% of it to Fielder, in behalf of Liberty County. Remember Mayor Lambright knows all about the property because of his position with county appraisal district and the Mayor’s Father lives close to the property. In fact, the Mayor’s wonderful Grandmother lived close to the property before her death. Ms. Jackie Lambright, the Grandmother bought property in Dayton, Texas for years, amassing much property to use as rentals. Knowing Ms. Lambright, you knew she drove a tough bargain and was a shrewd businessperson, but I never thought of the term, “Quid Pro Quo”. I do think of it in this “deal” between Mayor Lambright and Attorney Mike Fielder, both innocent I am sure or am I. County Judge Jay Knight and Commissioners please review this “Quid Pro Quo” deal and decline the offer. Please, do not soil your hands and your responsibility to the “Tax Payers” of Liberty County, by accepting the deal presented to you by Attorney Mike Fielder at the next Commissioner’s Court. It does not pass the smell test…does it?
It is just sad that we put people in charge and they take no actions to make Dayton a better town but they use their office to better themselves. I think it is time to put someone in office that has the town and people that live here top priority. I see so much lacking in this town. The people in this town need things going on especially the kids to keep them out of trouble. I pay taxes for the community center to sit there with nothing being done with it. It is a shame we have to drive to Crosby to have something to do. There are a lot of families moving here and we need to step up and take care of business. If our MAYOR is doing this what else is he doing? obviously he is more worried about himself than the position he took to make this a better community.
I have confidence in Judge Knight as well as the County Commisioners,this bid should in my opinion be rejected. If there was ever a conflict of interest this one stinks to high heaven. Dayton and Liberty County have put our trust and votes in this group of public servants.
As a Citizen of Dayton I feel we the tax payers need to consider a recall on this Mayor. He has stepped over the line.
A mayor and works for the tax office? This is totally wrong. Now he trying to pad his pockets
To those complaining about Jeff Lambright's tax property bid, you need to understand how it works before you run your mouths. When a property gets behind on taxes, a lawsuit is filed. The owners then have months to years to pay the taxes or make a payment arrangement with the tax office. If nothing is done then it finally goes to court and a judgement is placed and it is set for tax auction, usually 3-6 months from the date of judgement. The owner has until the morning of that auction to pay the taxes. Then there is an auction on the courthouse steps. They are the first Tuesday of every month and advertised in the paper and online. They are open to the public. If no one bids on the property at the live auction, then it goes to the trust property list, which again anyone can pick up at the tax office or view online. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of properties on that list. You can make a bid on the properties on that list at any time through the delinquent tax attorneys. Then that bid goes to all the taxing entities who have to approve it. So, I agree it may not be the best judgement on Jeff Lambright's part as mayor, but this isn't some underhanded deal. This property has had many months/years to be claimed by the owners and then was placed up for bid at a public auction with no bidders. Furthermore, anyone has had the opprtunity to bid on it once it was placed on the trust property list....just ask Wes Hinch, he's been buying property like this for years, even as county attorney.
We elected him, lets unelect him. Totally ashamed of this Mayor.
Self-Dealing By Public Servants: Good article Allen, this smells pretty bad. The word collusion comes to mind. How much back taxes are owed? The difference between the amount owed with all the fines and attorney fees and the actual bid price, if over, that amount goes to the previous owner when sold, figuratively on the courthouse steps where the actual bidding takes place starting with the amount owed as the minimum bid. If that does not happen then the three entities school(2/3), city and county(1/3) can foreclose(take ownership) of the property and bid it out for possibly less than is owed, but all this usually takes a long period of time (years).The previous owner also has a certain amount of time to pay the taxes plus 25% depending if it is residential or commercial. Ole Clarence Martin loved to do this at the First Liberty National Bank. The Mr. Potter's in the Christmas movie "It's A Wonderful Life". They should all be fired the next election.
I don't think that public servants should be allowed to bid on tax sales. They have too much information beforehand.
Self Dealing by Public Servants: Appreciate you bringing this to the attention of the public. A similar instance occurred several years ago when a district judge bought bought foreclosed property for a song and now it is worth several million dollars. It was never made public. It is not unusual for public officials to use their office for personal gain. In fact it would be unusual for someone not to do it.
Lambright, Wisegerber, Alan Connor. All Dayton buddies. All on the CAD. This CAD "public service"needs to be spread sround. Some of tehse people have "served" for over a decade. These people have a great deal of power and a great position to have insight into real estae bargains. Don't tempt people by giving them more than a couple of two year terms!
This is totally wrong what this Mayor is attempting to do. He needs to go.
He's padding his pockets off the backs of the tax payers due to the positions he holds. This needs to be stopped and he needs to be removed.
Self-Dealing by Public Servants : Very interesting situation here for sure. Insider trading info for sure at the least. Sounds like someone is getting railroaded. This sounds like another Buddy Alder deal to me. This county is swarming with crooked politicians and officials.
Thanks to the story you printed the county,city of Dayton and Dayton ISD will not be getting the back taxes owed to them. The commissioner court rejected the bid from Mr. Lambright. This was a straight up fair deal. Everything had been posted and anyone could have bid on this. He made a full offer for over what was owed the county was very wrong by not accepting his bid and now I hope he files suit on the county. This is not fair. There is a bunch of cry babies that don't many anyone to be successful.
I think the County did the right thing. If they feel that the property will bring more money for us tax payers so be it. As for Lambright he should be ashamed of his self. As an Elected Official attempting to profit off the back of us tax payers is beyond belief.
I agree with the rest of the people this Dayton Mayor should be ashamed of his self. Come voting time I WILL let my two cents worth be known.
Liberty City Officials, please quit wasting money mulching the Crepe Myrtles in the river bottom. It only attracts ants, termites and other insects. It also covers the base bark which is not good for them. If you want to see a Crepe myrtle that has never been mulched, look in front of City Hall. That tree has to be at least 50 years old and looks great. It was in front of the old auditorium before it was torn down. It cost a lot of money to mulch all those trees and the contractor only add to the existing mulch instead of replacing. Then they knock it back down when they mowe. Let's not try to keep up with Dayton and waste our money. Thanks
Donald Trump starts running the world in two weeks. Experts suggest traveling as little as possible and keep small children and pets inside.
Ernest Bailes, a dairy farmer and livestock breeder from San Jacinto County will take the state house of representatives seat being vacated with the retirement of Dayton’s John Otto. Bailes is a suspected Democrat plant in the Republican party and is thought to be a product of the teacher's union. He has said "education" was a big issue he wanted to addressWhy do I feel big government "solutions" will continue to emanate for our seat at the state house. God help us all.
Bailes - I do not know Mr. Bailes, but I do know that he is not a plant of any teachers union. Teachers unions are illegal in Texas; they do not exist here. The poster has been drinking way too much Alt Right Kool Aid.
Is it true State Representative Earnest Bailes is working on the Dayton ISD problem? Is he trying to change the ratings we were given or change the entire rating system?
Bailes, like many teachers in Texas (who are also voters by the way), will follow the teacher labor union directives. He will fight any competition with public education despite the benefits and lifeline to inner city kids. He will fight any way of effectively grading teachers and making them vulnerable to the idea of doing a good job or getting a new job. Essentially, he will be the Democrat bodyguard for the status quo in education.
Bailes was elected because the party had so much infighting that one group would rather elect a Democrat than someone tied closer to the other side. The group that was not close to Bailes Republican opponent in the primary pushed their friends to vote Bailes using whatever means necessary. Republicans are ripe to be beaten around here!
Why all the negativity toward the new State Representative before he serves? When John Otto decided not to run again some people immediately started to be negative about both candidates running to take his place. Pleasegive himthe couteousy those who started off opposing Otto gave him.
Ernest Bailes got elected because there were no better choices. Strahan may have made into the runoff, but not because Liberty County supported him. Strahan could never win in his home county because we all know his history. Folks around here know a carpet bagger when they see one. Plus Strahan ran a very ugly campaign and he turned off a lot of people on his candidacy.
The beautiful new Liberty curved road taxpayers paid to pave along a much longer more expensive path from the bypass to Lakeland Drive makes no sense except to increase the property values of the adjacent owners. A direct connecting road from the bypass to Grand would have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars taxpayers.
I've heard a rumor LT's Garbage Service has purchased property in the Eastgate Community for a garbage dump. Can anybody confirm this and if so why isn't it in the local papers? This needs to be fought they can continue taking it wherever they go now we don't need a huge stinking land field contaminating our drinking water in Liberty County.
I hope the next mayor Liberty elects will promote pictures of some really nice Christmas decorations that focus on what the season is all about and ask for public support to purchase them. The current Mayor is too politically correct even though the majority of people here would love to have better decorations.
Now there is an optimistic thought - "the next since mayor". Liberty has been run by the same few families for longer than most of us have been alive. IF they do not want to focus on Jesus in the city's exhibition of Christmas spirit, then it isonly hope,not experience that would think it would be otherwise.
I was reading the two posts about the lack of decent xmas decorations and how the Mayor is getting the blame, and how the City missed the real reason of Christmas. Let's be real about this, Walmart started setting up for xmas in October, I didn't see any protests then, the local media encourages the citizens to "shop locally" I have yet to see any of the City Council or any other high profile City or County officials shopping in any of the stores I attend...none! Christmas is lost in the translation, the message of xmas has become a sentimental expression of some kind of "family" ideal that is so far from the intent of the Scripture message that to recover it would take more courage that can be mustered.
I have seen at least two city council people shopping locally in the last few days, but I agree shopping locally is a type of loyalty to the community lost by too many. As for the Christmas message and the courage it would take to lead on pushing for the community to make it clear and evident, people should not take leadership positions if they do not intend to lead. The problem is the current mayor is leading us right where he wants us to go - "happy holidays" rather than "thank you Lord for sending Your Son". Being a mayor in a small town like Liberty is not something most people would accept if given to them without a political race and with short periods of exception this lack of interest has caused the same little group to continue to direct the direction and philosophy of governing for too long. I haven't thought much about it but the Christmas decorations are a perfect symbol of the one area of the results of their "leadership". Too bad.
Ain't no "Bah Humbug" Mayor gonna steal the joy of celebrating Christmas from me and my family but you right, Scrooge's decorations do throw a wet blanket and a Maryless effort on the city's wishing everybody a merry Christmas.
Every year the church crowd complains about the way the city dresses upthe town for the holidays. Enough already!
All the critics of the Mayor of Liberty over the year should make a New Year's Resolution to focus on one amongst them to dedicate themselves to run for Mayor. I amalmost sure Mayor Pickett would welcome a competent successor.But you won't run. Your friends won't run.You are just a complainer not a problem solver.
Please leave the Picketts alone. They receive no criticism and behave as they wish. Their "we were here first" attitude is a hidden ace in the hole that leaves them declaring to themselves that they should continue to collect taxpayer money and spend it as they wish for their own idea of community "development".We are but bit players in their world.
We need to get a little Christmas cheer feedback going. Here's the ultimate question(s). Male version - Leggos, or G.I. Joes under the tree? Female version - Barbies, or whatever?
Like a drone in a big ant hill full of other drones, John Otto is working hard these days to cut all areas of Texas state government spending 4%. Really? Will this heretofore moderate lawmaker who has always been elected by voters who preferred himover conservative challengers - will he really do the bidding of our ultra nutwig conservative Governor? Or will he represent us here at home and stop the Draconian cuts made at a time when we need more money rather tahn less.
Central Baptist Church Daisetta Texas will have a "LIVE NATIVITY" On Dec. 21, 2016 beginning at 6:00 P.M. Please come by and enjoy the reading of the birth of Christ and some beautiful Christmas music.
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Barbie Skarpa, what the hell is wrong with you???
People who have not been thrilled with the quality of our local attorneys over the years are really going to be disappointed when they have to hire any of these newcomers. Liberty County has some of the most pathetic young attorneys in east Texas in my opinion and it makes me worry about a decline in the quality we will have in our courts ten years from now.
I see where out of the blue someone made a comment about local attorneys. All I can say is this generation is not very mature and they are full of themselves. Sounds like they all could be attorneys!
Don't know whois being talked about here, but one young attorney's head is so big i do not know how he gets out of his house to go to work. And his arrogance is based on what?
60% of the repeat offenders Jail Free Time Is The Direct Fault Of the Lazy District Attorneys and Judges not doing their jobs. They keep putting this person back on the street. Maybe Giving Their Public Defender Attorney Friends Extra Income ?
Feedback report, Questions: Two Liberty Co. Sheriff’s Deputies Injured in Assault: - Were the Sheriff’s Deputies Working Second Jobs as Traffic Control for The Mont Belvieu Refineries? As this Is a Parking lot, not construction site and is Within the City of Dayton, Why Were Liberty Sheriff’s Working the Parking Lot Exit Site (not intersection) Instead of City of Dayton PD? Who Pays Medical Cost City, County or The Refineries? Is Anyone Allowed to Hire Uniformed Officers to Stop or Divert Traffic on State Hwys Or County & City Roads and Hwys. If So Are Sworn Officers Required or Can You Employee Anyone with A Uniform?
What is you have against Local Law Enforcement working Extra Jobs? These folks do a Thankless job for some of the lowest pay levels in the state. When we tried, many years ago, to get raises, one of our Commissioners stated that we should learn to live within our means. Just remember, they aren't trying to get rich, maybe they are just trying to buy groceries higher than the Ramen Noodle Level.
To this commenter trying to defend the LC Deputies who were injured in an arrest of a person, please hear this point. Facts: 1) They are wearing uniforms paid for by Liberty County. 2) They are driving very nice SUV's paid for by the county 3) They are paid for their service (job) by Liberty County 4) Gasoline for the SUV's paid for by Liberty County. Therefore, they are using their Body's and their Peace Officers License to work very good paid extra jobs in the county. So, your point is their low pay, they are not indentured servants to Liberty County and are free to quit and move on to Harris County law enforcement agencies at higher pay or hire on with the Texas DPS or change professions. You talk to them they stay in Liberty County because of “low workload and loose supervision“, which equates to less activity and examination of finished product. Why do they stay for low wages? The reason is obvious. Making more money is about of workload and more supervision for you to produce better product. The DPS really pays well now, but last large group that tried to go to DPS from Liberty County washed out of the academy because of poor performance and excuses of being away from family. How many men in Liberty County, live here but work out of town/state to make more money in most fields. These are adults, who want Houston Police Department/ TDPS pay/benefits, but are not willing to do the work demanded by higher paying jobs. Ramen noodles, no way, everyday they work in Liberty County, they eat out and a bottom line of a meal in a café is $6+, many people cannot afford meals out. No Chains, feel free to leave any day, no one will stop you. Driving a New SUV Patrol Car home to Fort Bend County is a luxury, but they do it daily. Poor Pitiful Me sounds good; I guess I never could sing it to feed my family.
I haven't been here for a few weeks but I see the people are still complaining even toward Christmas. You elect these people to positions they are in, so stop complaining. I know some judges and attorneys that are very good but I also know that some are there because of their name, not their expertise. The County Sheriff's people have been doing a grand job at taking care of people not only leaving their jobs but for the people going to college and other places on the way to Baytown. Two deputies got severely hurt. I think anybody that is part of a police force in this day with all the bad things happening surely don't get paid enough to die for us. We should support our police force. They are dedicated men. You, who always condemning and complaining, put yourself out there in their place, until you do, shut the heck up. Merry Christmas to all people out there, our officers, these people complaining and everybody else. Surely, you know that it takes more energy to make a frown than a smile. Surely, you have not lost anybody in the wink of an eye, or you would realize every minute you are alive and breathing, you could make a difference in someone's life instead of bashing everybody. Be the good in the world, show compassion, because don't you know karma is a b........!
I can see from the last time I spoke up for the officers helping the traffic on South 146 on the way to Mont Belvieu. That would be the county's responsibility, not the City of Dayton, but it is within the county's line. It is so close to Christmas and yet you live here complaining about who and what does what, when you take every minute of your life nitpicking and judging, instead of living life in enjoyment. We are not promised tomorrow, so why don't you act like it is your last day, take time to help another and clean out your system of complaints, I would bet if you gave to another, your soul would be stirred. It takes much more energy to frown than to smile. Whoever is so ugly on this page, does not seem to realize how fragile life is. I am not saying I think everything has always been fair in Liberty County.But in this day, would you want your child to be a police officer, with all the recklessness going on? These people help protect us, with their lives. What are you doing? I have heard people say they would like to be a police officer but not now, because of all the officers getting killed or injured behind ignorance. Think about the children that will be adults in this world as it is. The older people will pass on, but our children will have to live with all the elects you have made, with people whose opinions are as slanted and narrow minded as yours. That will not be a very pleasant atmosphere for the children of this world. The kids today are so much smarter than back in the days, more education, and as I have seen more values and standards, than any of us had. They will make this world better if they don't get killed by all the bigotry in small towns.
Just an FYI and some fun for anyone in the mood... I played along with the (202) number that KEEPS calling and wont remove anyone from the call list, United States Treasury (as they refer to themselves) The number to call is (646)653-0359. Call it!!! Its Hilarious if you tell them you are just calling to waste their time like they are wasting yours, try to order pizza, tell them your problems, or that you are looking for someone to mow your yard! Tell them Yennifer Barker gave you the number! Eventually they will tell you "Stop waste my time you no good mudda pucka", correct their broken English, say Merry Christmas, hang up and call back! Its comical!!! Happy Calling and you are welcome, -Jennifer Parker
Well explosion. There is a lot of misinformation in this article!
I would like to thank the guy at A-1 Liberty County Plumbing who came out to Ameswood subdivision in Ames.They done an awesome job unclogging a major drain issue.
This next year I am excited about Ernest Bales being our new state representative. While it is true he lives a great deal further away than the last two state representatives we have had, I am assured by Paul Newton he will not be anything embarassing like Ted Cruz or Greg Abbott. We need balance. This far right stuff around here is a bunch of crap.
I am sick of people like Paul Newton misleading their friends to vote for people like this Bailes character. Four years ago Bailes would have been likely to run as a Democrat. Newton may want to trigger a civil war within the Republican party around here. the voters will lose that war and that may be fine with this weasel.
Representative Bailes is far from being a weasel. His views were much more liberal and Democrat-like than his looney primary opponent's but Liberty County is only a few years from being a 100% Democrat county. So calling him a "Democrat" is not viewed as that bad. Mr. Newton laughs his ass off everytime he thinks about the strategy of calling Bailes a Democrat because he knows it got his friend votes.
I know that this is a wild-west, no-holds-barred Internet sight, but calling Paul Newton a civil-war party revolutionary is way over the line into aluminum-foil hats, black-helicopters, and Big-Foot (oops, I think I believe in those) territory. I'll speak up for my friend Paul. He's just a shiny-headed good old boy with a tech knack.
I must have misunderstood the post about Paul Newton. I did not see anything ugly or negative. I read where he was on the losing side of the inner party struggle that Republicans just went through and the reason was between the other people (described as conservatives) and Paul's group (described as more liberal), activists overwhelmingly preferred the conservatives. Except for the state rep race that Paul helped in. I am a Paul fan and think it is a feather in his cap to have helped elect someone that is not in lockstep with the current republicans. But who knows, maybe Paul and those of us who like his way of thinking are on a different planet!
Paul Newton a civil-war party revolutionary? I guess he could be, but if he is he is in these meetings with no allies. He is more like the last remaining tick after the dog has had a nice bath.
I have only one disagreement with Paul Newton and many with those that criticize him. First among ways I agree with Paul - though there was only a handful of us at even the largest meetings, we are moderate Republicans, not liberal. Like Paul, I did not like the undermining of the leadership within the local party that I have seen for a year and a half. Of the handful of moderates in the party that were coming to meetings, there were enough among decision makers to easily run the party the way we wanted them to. My area of disagreement has been, and it looks like will continue to be, he should NOT undermine the newly elected leadership. True, it was done to the last chairman, but that does not make it right now. Besides, it is obvious to me, moderates and supporters of the last group of leaders, are no where near in the majority. All that will be accomplished is helping Democrats.
It is not worth considering what Paul Newton thinks about politics. Anyone basing their vote on information from Newton is being duped.
To reply to the Chickens Come Home to Roost... AND the person who insinuated that Brenda McManus Jones, or anyone close to her had written anything negative about Mrs. Brown is preposterous! Unlike the flirtatious Jezebel Brown (to put it nicely), Mrs. McManus is a TRUE Christian lady. She represents and carries herself with the same high standards that were set many years ago by her mother FORMER district clerk Joy McManus. Brown has turned the clerks office into a laughinging stock with the way she dresses and umhum . . . carries on with court officials! It is obvious that she does not fulfill her obligations of her job with morality and professionalism. Too bad the "Good Ole Boys" of Liberty county were more interested in chasing "tail" than restoring honor and integrity to this office when they elected her. Now Liberty County will once again be in the news. Karma, I'd say!
Competent Donn Brown....you sound about as competent as her, thinking District Clerk's job revolves around her appearance.
Donna don't worry about these people their just jealous. You look great keep up the good job and please don't dress like most of these ladies in Liberty County.
I almost retched when I read the post about the "good Christian" McManus women. I know of one woman who worked under Joy K and she tells the story about how she took a disliking to an African American woman employee she had and couldn't find a reason to fire her so she went around to the other girls in the office and suggested that they make it hard on this girl so she would get discouraged and quit her job. Yeah good Christian woman my ass.
Hey Donna. Stop writing or getting others to write things about former clerks or their families. This is typical when faults are found during an audit. Blame someone else. We have gone from who wrote what, to religious beliefs, then racist issues. Are you kidding me? The findings of the audit will not change no matter how much you write about others. What I will say is if your going to write about others get your facts straight. Like names, who worked for who, what their race were. Maybe you should get on the audit person and their family too. But First and foremost get your ASS to fixing those audit findings.
Joy K and Donna are both fine people. Just fix the problems the audit found and be nice.
In reference to Chickens come to Roost: Donna Brown's office staff is like one big happy :) family then why is her turnover greater than any of the other previous District clerks? I believe she has only 2 of the previous clerks still working in her office that were working for Ms. Gilmore. She thinks her big brown eyes and phoney smile will get her anything she wants but she should remember the Janet Harrelson situation cause the higher ups will drop her in the frying pan or throw her under the bus before they take the fall for her. And Donna Brown, WHAT'S UP with all that plastered on makeup and too young for her age clothes???? I'm sure she keeps the cosmetic companies in business.. DONNA BROWN ........ YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!!!! ............................................... RUMOR HAS IT..... County Judge Fiddling Jay Knight sent out donation request letters to County Vendors in order to fund the Liberty County Employee Christmas Health & Safety Celebration Luncheon. (I'm sure Donna Brown had her hand in this) All of us County employee's want is a raise not another damn party!!!
Ya dam fool they gave us a five percent pay raise last year and we aint had one in over six years. I believe they are at least trying.
It sounds like someone is consumed with Donna brown's looks and any advantage she may gain by her appearance. Is this like high school or what?
No we the voting public are not concerned with Donna Browns looks. We are concerned about her doing her job which it appears she is not capable doing. All indicators are that she is incompetent
I hope a traffic study is mandated. If not the traffic is going to be a nightmare at 8am and 5pm when the City Service Center across the street and the courthouse all hit the road at one time.
I wish Liberty County would use the assets they already have rather than ask the taxpayer to purchase more. The old county jail sits on a beautiful, well located piece of property. Use it!
Why doesn't the County use their old WalMart building instead of buying a new shopping center? That would be a better fit plus it wasn't under ten feet of water in '94.
They say that ignorance is bliss! To the commenter that still believes that Liberty County still owns the "old Walmart", your life must be blissful!! That building does not belong to Liberty County, "Henny Penny, the sky is falling..." Thanks for the smile!!
It is very good to have a Pro-Active & Progressive County Judge in Liberty County. The idea of purchasing the old HEB building and moving County Departments to it has been kicked around before, but County Judge Jay Knight and the current Commissioner's Court can take the idea across the finish line. By using the old Wal-Mart bldg. funds to buy the property and do the construction cost is very sound thinking by County Judge Knight. Also, selling property on Palmer and COS Streets and stop the leasing buildings will squash monthly expenditures of the county. The monthly lease payments alone are about $38,000 each month and will save $450K each year in the county coffers. It is hard to realize what County Judge Knight has done for this county’s tax payers in 2 short years. Thanks, also to County Commissioners for acting in totality for Liberty County, helping the citizens they represent and how their tax dollars are spent for Liberty County. Good Job!
I was deeply saddened to hear of Doug Hanel's passing. What a giant of a man he was. He embodied community spirit more than anyone I have ever known. His countless hours of donated time visiting those less fortunate and bringing a smile to everyone he touched is just not seen anymore. To Doug, it was always about his fellow man. Always, what could he do to help, support or otherwise brighten their day. I know firsthand the joy he brought to our family each and every year at this holiday time. He made memories with my family that will last a lifetime and for generations to come. He served his community well and we will all feel his loss especially at this time of the year. I know my family will definitely miss his "visits" to our home as it was a Holiday Tradition for many, many years. I know that I am a better person for having the privilege of knowing him during my lifetime. He is a role model that others should seek to emulate. Here's to you Doug! God Speed and thank you for the positive impact you had on my family and the many families and friends you met along the way. We Love You!
It was pointed out to me that on election day the Democratic vote started out with a pretty healthy lead And Then The Republicans Got Off Work.
Nothing could be worse than putting Trump in the White House. His potential appointees are under qualified for the jobs, some are ignorant Creationists like that idiot Ben Carson, one is a anti-Semite, his VP thinks you should be able to "pray the gay away", and now we know that Clinton got right at two million more popular votes than this Nazi-larvae. The "basket of deplorables" help put this clown in office, and they are the ones that the shoes of racism, bigotry, women hating, fit their feet like the glass slippers of Cinderella. Anyone who tells me that they voted for Trump or has one of his posters in their yard I judge them in the most harshest of terms.
I am impressed with my new home town and the people's ability to get away from all of the politics and support the mighty Liberty Panthers. We are more the same than we are different.
Now that the election is over and it does not sound like all of the campaigning I would like to say what a miracle like effort Mike McCarty and Liberty County workers did in making the most of the grant money to repair Rice Belt road. For many many years it was going downhill and it was beginning to cause damage to vehicles. Then Commissioner McCarty began pushing for money that was not fromthe Liberty County budget. I did not hold out hope. One man nailed signs to trees blaming the road on Commissioner McCarty at the same time he was working beyond the sight of the media. He is my family's hero! His crew and him are not in our circle of friends that we see all of the time, but he helped a great many strangers that he will never know how much they appreciate him.
when is our sheriffs department going to get off there butts and do something about thees juvinals stealing and burgers and selling drugs here it is so sad to see these deputies do nothing about it its like they just don’t care
Congratulations Coach Taylor, Liberty coaching staff, and the entire wondeful team! You have done something that has not been done in a long long time.
Here is my kudos to Coach Chad Taylor: Thank you! Thank you fro caring about these young men. Thank you for taking the talents they have and giving themtheir best chance to be successful. Thank you for throwing the football when that is what your talent directs and running it, like this year, when that is where our skill sets direct. Tank you for enduring the few bad parents and administrators that you must survive. Thank you for making us proud!
To the person complaining about 146 blockage, next time leave earlier. If I have an important meeting I leave early just in case something happens. You live around here and you know they are working on the roads. Besides there are other ways into town.
I think it's wonderful that a group of men volunteered their time, equipment, fuel, etc and cleaned out the hwy 90 boat ramp. Many families in this area, including my own enjoy fishing,boating and camping in the river. However there has been no boat access for quite some time. Thank you Matthew Jackson, Bill Wilke, Dale Harryman and Trey Pike. Your kindness is appreciated. It would have been nice if our tax dollars would have been put to use on this instead of you having to foot the bill but that didn't look likely to happen.
Who is the genius who allowed the work crews to completely block traffic on 146 between Liberty and Hardin in the middle of Friday afternoon, 11/18? This is a busy time, and much of the recent work had been done at night, thus freeing-up the road for day-time traffic. I missed an important appointment due to this blockage.
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