September 19, 2003
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Accident closes Hwy. 321 downtown
An accident on Houston Street in front of First Bank and Trust yesterday morning resulted in a city block being closed to traffic for hours while city officials worked to clean up the debris. Details are unclear at press time, although it appears a load of transformers shifted and at least some hit the pavement. It is known that an oil spill was involved and environmental officials were brought in from Beaumont to help assess any hazards that might have resulted from the accident. Cleveland police and fire department personnel worked to clean the oil with sawdust and direct the large traffic jam that kept surrounding streets full of stop-and-go traffic for hours.

Chamber membership drive hugely successful
A telephone blitz conducted by volunteers on Tuesday and Wednesday resulted in 22 new members committing to at least one year's membership in the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. Four teams engaged in some friendly competition as they manned phone banks, talking to prospective member businesses and individuals about the benefits of being involved in the Chamber of Commerce. Vorizon donated cell phones for the use of team members, and WalMart supplied sandwiches and drinks.

Architect to be on hand for public meeting
Next Thursday evening, September 25, Cleveland City Hall will be the site of a public meeting regarding proposed improvements to the downtown Central Business District. On hand to listen to citizen suggestions and comments will be architect Carl Joiner, as well as city officials. One of the main purposes of the meeting is to allow citizens and business owners to help develop a theme concept plan for the downtown region. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in city council chambers at City Hall on East Boothe, and all citizens are invited and urged to attend.

Funeral Services scheduled
- Doris Burd; services Friday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m., Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel, with interment following at Pace-Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens.
- Joseph Finney (infant); graveside services Friday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m., Pace-Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens - Babyland.
- Arrangements are pending for Charles Miller and Thelma Neal.

Police Report
Cleveland police recorded five offenses Wednesday, including forgery, two separate incidences of assault,and possession of a controlled substance. Two arrests were made; Monty Allen McGlaun for no driversÕ license and Adrian Dewayne Eleby for possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest. The Cleveland fire department handled a car fire on CR 3890

On Tap at the Texan
Starting Friday night at 7 and 9:30 p.m. will be Open Range, rated R, with Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner. Admission is $2 for children aged 3-11, and $4 for those aged 12 and up.