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November 18, 2003
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It's Texas - it's November - it's Rain
And a lot of it. Liberty was one of 20 southeast Texas counties under a severe weather advisory for much of the day and evening yesterday, including a tornado warning that expired at 3:30 p.m. Cleveland residents were standing at windows, trying to see if they could spot a funnel cloud through the sheets of rain. Cleveland was in line for a direct hit by a severe thunderstorm, deemed capable of producing a tornado, that started in Kingwood and moved straight up US 59.
By that time, many city streets and outlying areas were already under water, with more promised. One Cleveland resident stated she had been at Cleveland Regional Medical Center around 3 p.m. for a routine test, but hospital employees wouldn't let her leave right away, fearing an imminent tornado. The citizen waited a few minutes, then left anyway, seeing the water level rapidly rising in the streets.


It's Texas - it's November - it's Politics

Two more Liberty County residents have announced their intentions to run for office in next year's elections - one an incumbent, one a challenger. Pct. 1 Commissioner Todd Fontenot said, in a press release issued late last week, that "we (the county) have recently faced many challenges...mold in the courthouse; legal turmoil involving elected officials; lawsuits; and budget shortfalls...despite these setbacks, the future of Liberty County is healthy and will continue to improve through my contributions." Pct. 1 includes Liberty, Ames, and Devers.
Nancy Archer, executive director of the newly-formed Liberty County Habitat for Humanity chapter and wife of former county Democratic party chairman attorney John Archer, has announced her intention to challenge Dan Ellis for his seat as Texas State Representative for House District 18. Archer, who has never held public office, says she's deeply concerned about such issues as the homeless, domestic violence and child abuse. She will make her formal announcement tomorrow in a tour of the county, beginning at 7:45 a.m. on the steps of the Courthouse in Liberty. Traveling with supporters in an RV, Archer will then visit Dayton, Hardin, Clevelend, Livingston, the Indian Nation and Corrigan. She plans to be in Cleveland at approximately 11 a.m. at the Pct. 3 County Barn on Fenner, and invites all interested parties to come out and "meet the candidate."


Douglas school to host two activities this week
Tonight at 6:15, at Douglas School on Samuel Wiley Drive, the Friends of Downtown committee will host another public meeting about zoning. And on Wednesday, at 9 a.m. and again at 1:15 p.m., Douglas' students will be performing in their first annual Thanksgiving play production entitled "It's Harvest Time". "All children will be performing in this production," says Principal Carol Lee. "We have worked hard to make this a success, and we look forward to your presence at this production."


Funeral Services scheduled
--Fred Elmore; services at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel, with interment following at Oak Shade Cemetery.
--Gilberto Andres Burgas; services at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel, with interment following at Pace-Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens. Visitation hours are all day Tuesday at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel.
--Martha Russell; services at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel, with interment following at Pace-Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens. Visitation hours are Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5-9 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home.
--Arrangements are pending for Gordon Thayer and Jimmy Alsobrooks, both through Pace-Stancil Funeral Home.


Police Report
Police made a total of 14 arrests over the weekend, many of them related to a drug-related "round-up". Arrested Friday were Taurean Collins and Luis Hernandez, both for delivery of a controlled substance, while Bethany Ann Long was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Also taken into custody were Clarance Lewis Sr. and Jesse Hughes, both on capias pro fine warrants. Saturday saw Alejandro Garcia, Wesley Stephen Wood, and Justin Roy Love arrested for public intoxication. Also arrested were Jimmy Curtis Jenkins for assault; Cedrick D. Scott on a warrant for delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone; Michael Ray Eleby on a capias pro fine warrant; and Aaron Michael Ramirez for public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia. And Sunday, police arrested Perry Ray Keith for unlawful possession of a firearm and Linda Marie Zellers on warrants for delievery of dangerous drugs and controlled substances.


On Tap at the Texan
Showing 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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