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November 28, 2003
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County puts the kibosh on insider smoking
Liberty County commissioners have completely banned smoking in county buildings, effective Monday, Dec. 1.
The commissioners voted earlier this week to institute the ban in response to numerous complaints from county workers and others -- and to protect the newly renovated courthouse and its new carpet, paint and furnishings.
The ban applies to all county buildings, explains Pct. 3 Commissioner Melvin Hunt -- from the courthouse and county annexes all the way out to the commissioners', constables' and justice of the peace offices.
"Nobody can smoke anywhere in any of our buildings now," says Hunt. "We shouldn't ever have to smell cigarette smoke in our offices again".


" Tree of Lights" to be at SantaFest

Cleveland's SantaFest celebration next weekend will include several new "attractions", including visits from such characters as Rudolph and the Grinch, and a Turkey Bowl for kids and adults. One new attraction, however, has a special meaning.
For each $1.00 contribution to the Bridgehaven Children's Advocacy Center, one light will be placed on a special Christmas tree dedicated to the abused children of our community. The tree will be lit at 2:30 p.m. next Saturday, during the SantaFest Festival downtown, in a special ceremony.
Bridgehaven CAC is a child focused, child friendly facility in which an abused child can feel safe in telling his/her story. All contributions are tax deductible, and will benefit victims of abuse by helping Bridgehaven provide services such as forensic interviews, crisis intervention, and individual and family therapy.
For additional information about Bridgehaven and how to buy a light in honor of an abused child, contact Bridgehaven's Executive Director Chris Dickinson at 281-385-2220.


Funeral Services
--Kenneth Black; Memorial services Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel.
Funeral service arrangements are pending, through Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland, for Ida Wright, Raymond Bazoon, Ruth Whitten, and Renee Bell.


Police Report
Tuesday saw police answering a total of 38 general calls and registering 6 offenses, including theft and forgery. Arrested was Patricia Lynn Vest, on a warrant for issuance of bad check. The Cleveland Fire Department handled two vehicle fires; one on 59 S, just north of FM 2025, the other on FM 1010.


On Tap at the Texan
Starting tonight at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. is the Disney animated movie, "Brother Bear", rated G. Admission is $2 for children aged 3-11, and $4 for those aged 12 and older.


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