February 10, 2004
Updated (Tues, Thurs, Fri, & Sat)
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position off GOP ballot
The name of Danna Lee, former GOP candidate for the position of Liberty County
Treasurer, will be missing from the Republican ballot for the March 9 primary
election. Lee's candidacy has been withdrawn, based upon a just-received final
determination by the Elections Division of Texas' Secretary of State. The question
of position vacancy arose when Democrat Janet Harrelson, elected to that position
in November, 2002, was first refused the opportunity to take her oath of office
hours before that ceremony was scheduled, then eventually charged with and found
guilty of forgery, tampering with documents, and abuse of office. Ben Hanson,
general counsel for the Elections Division, based the final decision on Article
16, Section 44 of the Texas Constitution. Hanson said that Article provides for
a "constitutional hold-over
provision" that, in simple terms, says that because Harrelson took an oath
for the unexpired term ending 12/31/02, she is entitled to hold office until
final determination in her appeals process.
Rotary Club to hear Judge Ted Poe
Judge Ted Poe, retired felony court judge of the 228th Texas District Court
in Harris County will be the featured speaker at Wednesday's Rotary Club
noon meeting. Poe will speakabout his innovative sentencing techniques in
punishing criminals. Those punishments have ranged from ordering thieves
to carry signs in front of the stores they stole from to requiring a man
who beat his wife to publicly apologize on the steps of Houston City Hall.
Since 1999, Poe's public punishment has garnered media attention from 60
Minutes, 20/20, Dateline NBC, National Geographic, and German, French, Bulgarian,
Japanese and British newscasts.
-Danny Jesttes; services 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at
Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel, with interment following at Pace-Stancil Memorial
-Lee McIlvain; services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Pace-Stancil/Probst
Chapel, with interment following at Evergreen Cemetery.
-Ruth Spears; visitation hours 4-9 p.m. at Pace-Stancil
Funeral Home; graveside services at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Plum Grove
cemetery. -Arrangements are pending for James Daniel and Naomi Braucher.
Police made one arrest Friday, bringing in Orland Ray McLaurin Sr. for public
intoxication. They recorded several offenses, including shoplifting incidents
at WalMart; theft of gas at Diamond Shamrock; and assault at the Cleveland
On Tap at the Texan
Tonight through Thursday at 7 p.m. is "Cheaper By The Dozen", starring
Steve Martin and rated PG. Tickets are $2 for children age 3-11, and $4 for
those age 12 and up.