UPDATE: Two escapees from Liberty County Jail captured

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com UPDATE: The two escapees from the Liberty County Jail have been captured. They were taken into custody in the last hour in the Shepherd area....

City of Dayton recognized for adopting a Unified Development Code

The City of Dayton was the recipient of the Texas Masonry Council’s 2019 Texas Sustainable City Award at the organization's conference on Friday, Aug. 9. The award, given to only one city...

Tarkington High School starts new tradition for upperclassmen by painting parking spaces

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Tarkington High School students will return to school next Wednesday and be greeted by colorful artwork in the student parking lot. Last week, 50 students...

Liberty County sticking with last year’s tax rate for another year

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Liberty County will not raise the property tax rate in the upcoming fiscal year. At the Aug. 13 regular meeting of Liberty County Commissioners Court,...

Woodland Hills residents complain of increase in crimes, demand more police presence

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Residents of Dayton’s Woodland Hills community demanded action from the Liberty County Commissioners Court and the Sheriff’s Office during the public comments portion of the...

Go Fund Me account set up to help family of Atascocita firefighter killed in...

Friends of Jared Snell, the Tarkington resident and Atascocita firefighter killed in a car crash on Friday, have established a Go Fund Me account to help his wife and four children as...

Huntsman’s Dayton plant part of $2.076 purchase by Thai company

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Huntsman Corporation, which has Texas plants in Dayton, Port Neches and Chocolate Bayou in Alvin, announced Wednesday that it was selling its five chemical intermediates...

Construction of two stores in Moss Hill moving along at rapid pace

Contractors are taking advantage of summer's hot sunny weather to move along the construction of the Fuel Max station at the corner of SH 105 and SH 146. Over the weekend, the...

Teachers, staff treated to lounge makeover at Northside Elementary

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Northside Elementary Principal Pete Armstrong said Monday and Tuesday were anxious days this week as he had to keep staff away from preparations going on...

Hundreds gather in Liberty park for National Night Out

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com An estimated crowd of 400 people braved the heat Tuesday night for National Night Out in Liberty. Held at the Liberty Municipal Park pavilion and...

New K-9 officer joins Pct. 2 Constable’s Office

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The Liberty County Pct. 2 Constable's Office has a new officer patrolling the streets. Golyo, a 2-year-old German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois hybrid, had his...

Artesian Lakes celebrating 50-year history

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Artesian Lakes is celebrating its 50-year anniversary as a family-owned and operated business. Over the years, many Southeast Texans have enjoyed camping trips, retreats and...

Entergy warns of utility bill scam

It may be the summer, but scammers aren’t taking a vacation. Scammers target everyone -- individuals, businesses, non-profits and even places of worship. Recently, Entergy Texas, Inc. has received reports of customers being targeted.       

Storm causes power outages, downed lines and trees in Cleveland

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com A strong storm Tuesday afternoon caught many people unaware, including regional weather forecasters who were alerted to the severity of the storm by Cleveland Fire...

First responders to be recognized at two luncheons in September

September is First Responders Appreciation Month and to make sure that all men and women who serve as police, firefighters, EMS, game wardens, police dispatchers and wrecker drivers feel appreciated by their...

Dayton gives nod of approval to city manager, swears in new officers

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Dayton City Manager Theo Melancon will receive a roughly 15 percent raise after the city council on July 15 voted to amend his salary from...

Dayton fire and police departments hosting annual back-to-school backpack giveaway, vaccination clinic on July...

The first 400 students in line will receive backpacks and school supplies at the annual Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway and Vaccination Clinic hosted by the Dayton Police Department and Dayton Volunteer Fire Department....

Babin-backed bill to allow Alabama-Coushattas and Tiguas to keep Bingo gaming passes U.S. House

House Resolution 759, introduced by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23), gained approved Wednesday night by the U.S. House. The bill, if approved by the U.S. Senate,...

Texas sales tax holiday is Aug. 9-11

Whether you’re in need of notebooks, rulers or running shoes, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and other items during the state’s sales tax holiday...

Want to help fire departments? Aug. 3 is water and snack donation day for...

The Liberty County Firefighters Association has selected Aug. 3 as a drinking water/Gatorade collection day for local fire departments. Most of the fire departments in the county will...

Back to School Spectacular returns to Cleveland on Aug. 2

The City of Cleveland is hosting its Annual Back to School Spectacular on Friday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Civic Center, 210 Peach Ave.

Liberty County Courthouse illuminated with new LED lighting

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com A new $14,000 lighting project has the Liberty County Courthouse all aglow. The ground-level lights are installed to illuminate the courthouse's natural beauty created by...

City of Dayton receives Scenic City certification

The City of Dayton has been recognized as a 2019 Certified Scenic City by Scenic Texas. The Scenic City Certification Program recognizes cities for their demonstrated commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and spaces....

Cleveland ISD trustees approve $198 million bond election

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Two months after a $250 million bond was narrowly rejected by Cleveland ISD voters, the district's board of directors approved a $198 million...

Raywood woman has big dreams for tiny home village for veterans

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com A Raywood woman is opening up her 98-acre family farm to homeless veterans. Barbara Lange, founder of Langetree Tiny House Project, is creating a tiny...

TxDOT working on numerous projects in Liberty County

The Texas Department of Transportation is working on numerous road improvements throughout Liberty County with many more projects in the works over the next four years. Roberto Rodriguez,...

Emergency Hospital Systems earns Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

From Community Reports Emergency Hospital Systems (EHS), the parent company of Cleveland Emergency Hospital and Texas Emergency Hospital - both in Cleveland, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal...

Second vehicle linked to shooting death of teen in Cleveland recovered in Houston

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Investigators with Cleveland Police Department have been tirelessly working to determine what led to the shooting death of a 16-year-old Hispanic male on Wednesday. The...

1 dead in shooting incident at Cleveland shopping center

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Cleveland police officers are investigating a shooting that resulted in one death around 2:10 p.m. Wednesday in the Truly Plaza shopping center.

Pct. 6 voters will decide liquor sales this November

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com A petition seeking the legal sale of liquor in Pct. 6 of Liberty County had more than enough signatures to put the issue on the...

El Burrito reopens in Liberty Tuesday

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com They're back! El Burrito reopens in Liberty on Tuesday, July 16. Not since the opening of McDonalds in the 80s or the reopening of Whataburger...

Local fire departments echo a need for volunteers

By Rachel Hall, reporting for Bluebonnet News Volunteerism is down across the country, and the trend is having an effect on communities all across Liberty County.

Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center adds local specialists and services

By Rachel Hall, reporting for Bluebonnet News Community leaders, first responders, healthcare workers and others gathered together on July 11 at the Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center Symposium, held...

Cleveland ISD celebrates milestone in construction with topping out ceremony

By Rachel Hall, reporting for Bluebonnet News Construction projects on the high school campus and new Cottonwood Elementary School in Cleveland ISD are underway and have reached a...

Tarkington Community Library gets $25,000 grant for playground, also extends adult programming

By Rachel Hall, reporting for Bluebonnet News Tucked inside a small cabin is the one-room Tarkington Community Library, located next to the Tarkington Community Center.

Liberty Opry has scaled down, but still offering family-friendly shows

By Rachel Hall, reporting for Bluebonnet News Music connects people with more than synchronized toe taps and hand claps. It connects hearts and souls. Husband-and-wife duo,...

Get back to nature at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge

By Rachel Hall, reporting for Bluebonnet News Perhaps it is time to unplug and unwind in nature. Find serenity within the 30,000 acres at the Trinity River National Wildlife...

Old Hardin fire station razed

Thirty-five years after it was replaced by a newer, bigger and more modern fire station, the old Hardin fire station, built in the early 1950s, is no more. It was bulldozed to...

Cleveland celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang

With Cleveland Mayor Otis Cohn recuperating from medical issues, Cleveland City Councilwoman Marilyn Clay represented the City Council at the Fourth of July fireworks show on Thursday. Rev. Lance Blackwell, Unity...

Brown: Tax suit, threat of sheriff’s sale prompts large tax payments from Liberty County...

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Liberty County is claiming a victory in a tax collection lawsuit against the developers of The Preserve of Texas, formerly known as Cypress Lake Estates....