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November 15, 2003
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San Jacinto County protest draws crowd
Protesting what they call "40 years of corruption", a group of about 15 San Jacinto county concerned citizens carrying picket signs gathered in front of the Coldspring courthouse yesterday for several hours of peaceful demonstration.
"All we're asking for is for some outside agency, like the FBI, to come in and investigate our county government," said one picketer -- a woman who introduced herself as a "taxapayer and grandmother of ten". At least part of the protest was aimed at District Attorney Mark Price, including a petition for his removal from office that was being circulated for signature.
An equally peaceful counter-demonstration had been organized by some county employees, who stationed themselves across the courthouse steps from the picketers and were offering cups of coffee to bystanders. "We just want people to know that not everyone in our county government is corrupt," said one, "and that we support our sheriff and his department."
Republican Chairman says "not again"
Richard Pegues, Republican County Chairman, has announced that he will not seek a fourth term as the head of the Liberty County GOP. Pegues is encouraging Lester Ray Wisegerber, who challenged incumbent County Judge Lloyd Kirkham in a close race in 2002, to run for the position.
Pegues, serving his third consecutive term in the office, testified in Austin before a Congressional committee about the integrity of elections in Texas as a result of that race.
"I have become a less vocal leader the last few years," said Pegues, "as it almost seems like the Courthouse walls themselves are beginning to holler for change."
Party Chairmen are chosen by voters during primary elections for a two-year term.


Bargains abound at Junior High today

The front lawn of Cleveland's Junior High School will be covered with tables and bargains of all shapes, sizes and prices today. Sponsored by the school's Student Council, the sale starts at 8 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Individuals and merchants purchased space, tables and chairs for the opportunity to display their wares, with the proceeds of those rentals going to student council to help fund their various works and activities during the school year.

Funeral Services scheduled
--Robert Harness; services Saturday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel, with interment following at Morgan Cemetery.
--Walter Ray; services Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 p.m. at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel with interment following at New Salem Cemetery. Visitation hours are Saturday, Nov. 15, from 3:30 - 9 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home.
Arrangements are pending for Gordon Thayer.


Police Report
Police received 32 general calls on Thursday, and recorded four offenses, including three for forgery. No arrests were made.


On Tap at the Texan
Showing tonight at 7 and 9 p.m., and through Thursday at 7 p.m. is "Runaway Jury", rated PG-13, starring Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and John Kusak. Admission is $2 for children aged 3-11, and $4 for those aged 12 and older.


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