September 9, 2003
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Cleveland "relief route" efforts move forward
Efforts to construct a relief route around Cleveland are making headway, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). State highway officials say the project is scheduled to go to contract in approximately two years. The plans involve building two lanes of an eventual four-lane highway to help relieve congestion on SH 105 through downtown Cleveland. The new highway would begin at SH 105 just west of Cleveland and reconnect to the highway two miles east of Loop 573. TxDOT expects the environmental process should be completed in early 2004. It could take up to 18 months to get the needed property for the projects.

Public hearing on city's budget tonight
Cleveland residents may speak at tonight's city council meeting regarding the City's 2004 fiscal year budget Scheduled for 7 p.m. at council chambers on East Boothe, the regular meeting includes a public hearing on the budget, followed by council approving the ordinance establishing that 2004 budget. Sewer and water rates will also be considered, as well as setting the fiscal year tax rates. The proposed fiscal year 2004 tax rate for maintenance and operation is .4768 per $100 valuation and .2231 per $100 valuation for debt services.

Early voting ends today
Today - Tuesday, September 9 - is the last day for early voting in the upcoming Constitutional Amendment Election. Early returns indicate that, statewide, only approximately 1% of registered voters in Texas have bothered to cast early votes on these propositions. Twenty-two proposed amendments to the state's constitution will be decided in the election, including the controversial Proposition 12 that proposes capping punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice suits. Voting in Cleveland is available only at the Cleveland county Annex building, from 9-5 today. Actual election day is Saturday, September 13.

Services for Moon Young held today
Funeral services for Moon Young, Cleveland's longtime photographer and unofficial historian, are scheduled for this morning at 10 a.m. at the Oak Shade Baptist Church just outside of Cleveland. Today, September 9, was Young's 76th birthday. He succumbed to cancer at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston early last Saturday morning. Moon, survived by his wife Jo Ann and sons Jeff and Wes, will be buried at Cleveland City Cemetery.

Funeral Services scheduled
- Mary Merchant, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m., graveside at Houston National Cemetery.
- Ed Roberds, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel, with interment following at Old Waverly Cemetery. Visitation hours Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. at Pace-Stancil.

Police Report
Cleveland police answered 23 general calls Sunday, including a burglary of habitation at 526 N. Fenner. The Cleveland Fire Department was called to a location on S. Washington on a report of smoke coming from the building.

On Tap at the Texan
Freaky Friday, rated PG. Showtime through Thursday night is 7 p.m. Admission is $2 for children aged 3-11, and $4 for those aged 12 and up.