August 16, 2003
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Drivers warned about back-to-school
It's back to school on Monday for Cleveland students - and Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur has a few words of warning for drivers in the area. The Sheriff's department will be strictly enforcing two major violations that occur during the school year - speeding in school zones, and passing school busses when they are loading and unloading. Arthur reminds drivers that fines for passing busses at those time are steep - the minimum fine is $200, and the maximum fee is $1,000.

Liberty County Habitat meets Tuesday
The Liberty County Habitat for Humanity group will continue to organize for action at its next noon meeting on Tuesday, August 19. The meeting, open to all county residents, will be held at the Sky Kay Cafe, located at the intersection of Hwy. 105 and 146 in Moss Hill. Volunteer board members and committee heads will be introduced, and organizational tasks distributed accordingly. "The most serious item to be addressed will be fund raising," said Nancy Archer, the prime architect for the Habitat group. "Everything is falling into place except the actual money needed to build a house. We'll be looking for suggestions and volunteers," Archer said. Each Habitat house to be constructed in Liberty County is expected to require $45-$50,000 in funds and material donations. Interested individuals may contact Archer at 936-336-6448, or attend next week's meeting.

Arson damages county city hall
Liberty County Sheriff's Detective Todd Mauthe said it appears that one or more persons used incendiary devices, typically called "Molotov Cocktails" to start the fire that heavily damaged the city hall and police department building in the small incorporated town of Dayton Lakes sometime early Wednesday morning. Nearby residents detected the fire, and managed to have most of the fire out before the arrival of the Kenefick Volunteer Firefighters. Dayton Lakes Police Lieutenant Jessie McGraw said the apparent arson is classified as a terrorist attack under new Homeland Security Laws, and federal agents from the ATF in Beaumonth and Houston have been called to investigate. (Courtesy KSHN Radiogram)

Church celebrates centennial birthday Sunday
The First Baptist Church of Plum Grove will be hosting their 100th anniversary celebration on Sunday, August 17, at 11 a.m. Celebrated author and inspirational Bible teacher, Dr. Bob Utley of East Texas Baptist University, will be the special speaker. Utley currently teaches in the Religion department at ETBU, but also conducts revivals and Bible Conferences around the world. Elected by the student body of ETBU as their "favorite professor" in 2002, Utley says he relates especially well to those who have been turned off by "religiosity". Don Thornton will be providing the special music for the day, and dinner on the grounds will follow the morning service.

Funeral Services scheduled
Services for Lucille Guseman will be held on Saturday, August 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cleveland, with interment following at the Forest Park Cemetery on Westheimer in Houston.

Services for Ana Malone will be conducted Saturday, August 16, at 10 a.m. at Rural Shade Baptist Church, with interment following at Ryan Cemetery.

Funeral services for Willie Mae Barker (Roark) will be held Sunday, August 17, at 2 p.m. at the Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel, with interment following at Squier Cemetery. Visitation hours are scheduled for Saturday, August 16, from 5-7 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home.

Graveside services for Hilda Blackstock will be held on Monday, August 18, at 11 a.m. at the Ryan Cemetery. Visitation hours will be 5-9 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland.

Police report
Two no-injury vehicle accidents were reported for Thursday, August 14; one on Hwy. 59S, and one at the corner of Washington and Hanson. No injuries were reported. Five individuals were arrested on individual charges ranging from public intoxication, evading arrest, and theft by check to having no insurance and no drivers' license. A total of 35 general calls were logged, 2 alarm calls, 11 ambulance calls, and 6 (911) calls.

On Tap at the Texan Theater
Spy Kids III, rated PG. Showtimes Saturday is 7 and 9 p.m.; weekdays, 7 p.m. Admission is $2 for children 3-11, and $4 for 12 and up.