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Babies on parade in downtown Liberty

The Trinity Valley Exposition Baby Parade was held Saturday, Oct. 13, in downtown Liberty, Texas. The slideshow below includes nearly 100 photos from the parade. Captions and the names of the wining entries will be...

Task Force rounds up parole violators in Liberty County

It’s 6:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12. While most people are busy getting their children off to school and heading to work, or settling down with a second cup of coffee, members of the Joint East...

Tarkington library looking for sponsors for Free Little Libraries

Free Little Libraries will soon start popping up in Tarkington area. The Tarkington Community Library is approved for five of the little red roadside boxes that foster book exchange and promote literacy. Tarkington Community Library...

New store being erected at Grand Oaks Reserve development in Cleveland

Construction is moving at a brisk pace on projects at Grand Oaks Reserve in Cleveland. The latest addition – a convenience store that will house two restaurants – is being erected on the corner...

Cleveland Walmart celebrates grand reopening

Shoppers at the redesigned Walmart Supercenter in Cleveland are finding sparkling floors, new shelving layouts and more products since the store celebrated its grand reopening on Friday, Oct. 5. The celebration was attended by dozens...

Sisters, father reunited after reconnecting through Facebook

It was a reunion 63 years in the making, said Linda Burch of Cleveland. On Oct. 1, Burch, 49, and her parents, Ed and Karen Christy, finally met face to face with Ed's oldest biological...

Tarkington Roundup enjoys banner year, organizers say

Money is still being tallied from Saturday's Tarkington Roundup, one of the biggest annual fundraisers for the Tarkington ISD Education Foundation, but organizers are expecting a record-breaking year. "I think it has been a phenomenally...

Splendora ISD reports small outbreak of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Splendora ISD has had several students confirmed with the Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD). According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease is a common viral illness that...

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office highlighted at Behind the Badges

The second in a series of "Behind the Badges" gatherings, hosted by Daisetta Police Department and Chief Mike Parrish, was held Monday, Oct. 1, at the Hull-Daisetta Volunteer Fire Department in Daisetta. This week's...

Liberty bank celebrates its customers with special day

The Sam Houston Plaza next to First Liberty National Bank was packed with hundreds of people enjoying fellowship, food and fun at the bank's Third Annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 6. Free barbecue...

Fitzpak store to be future Fuel Maxx site, sign reveals

The property on the northeast corner of SH 105 at SH 146 in Moss Hill, previously Fitzpak Grocery Store, is under contract between current owner, Phil Fitzgerald, and buyer Spring-based Fuel Maxx. A small...

Prayers offered at hospital’s new ER in Cleveland

Even the Great Physician needs a little help from doctors and nurses to keep humanity healthy, so members of the Cleveland Ministerial Alliance on Wednesday offered prayers of blessing on the site of Kingwood...

Cleveland PD observes National Night Out

Cleveland police officers were out in force Tuesday night, Oct. 2, for National Night Out, an annual event held to strengthen the relationships between police and the communities they serve. Officers visited senior citizens who...

Hardin HS students, staff team up to show appreciation for beloved principal

Hardin High School Principal Dr. Bryan Taulton isn’t accustomed to the spotlight, but it appears he will have to adjust. Through the month of October, the high school staff and school clubs are planning...

Tarkington Roundup: A family fun fest and heritage celebration returns Oct. 6

The Tarkington community will celebrate the 16th Annual Tarkington Roundup on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in front of Tarkington Middle School on FM 163 in Liberty County.  Activities will begin at 10 a.m. including...

Rock N Ride looking for vendors for Nov. 10 bike ride

Planning is under way for the first-ever Rock N Ride bicycle ride and concert hosted by the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. Sign-ups for vendor spaces for this free, family-friendly event are trickling in,...

Man arrested for strong-arm robbery in Dayton

Dayton police have charged a man in connection to a strong-arm robbery that took place Saturday afternoon inside First Baptist Church, 202 E. Houston St. in Dayton. According to Lt. Shane Burleigh, the suspect, Jordan...

City of Dayton making progress on Unified Development Code

The City of Dayton is creating a bible for builders – a Unified Development Code to reorganize the city’s regulations into a cohesive, coherent and consistent set of standards. The UDC promises to be a...

Dayton, Hardin and Tarkington crown homecoming royalty

A week of suspense for Dayton, Hardin and Tarkington high school students came to an end Friday night with the crowning of each school's homecoming royalty. The Dayton Broncos' game against Barbers Hill was highlighted...

Kingwood Medical Center breaks ground on new Cleveland ER

Kingwood Medical Center held a formal groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning at the site of its future freestanding emergency department on the 1100 block of E. Houston in Cleveland. A hundred feet from the canopied-covered...

Brady receives ‘Champion for Healthy Seniors’ award

U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX-08) has been recognized as a “2018 Champion for Healthy Seniors” by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease in honor of his service on behalf of seniors in Texas. The award...

‘Behind the Badge’ town hall meetings kick off in Daisetta

The first in a series of Behind the Badge gatherings planned by Daisetta Police Department and Chief Mike Parrish began Monday night at the Daisetta fire station with Texas Ranger Brandon Bess as the...

Missing elderly man from Houston found safe, returned to family

An 82-year-old Houston man, Louie George Pali, who went missing Monday is alive and resting safely at his son's home, according to Pali's daughter-in-law, Monica Atchison-Pali. Pali was located Wednesday morning about 15 minutes from...

Vendors still needed for Treat Street event in Cleveland

With only a month left before the 10th Annual Treat Street in Cleveland, two dozen businesses and organizations already have signed up to participate in the most-attended annual event in Cleveland and the largest...

Splendora ISD apologizes for students turning their backs to Tarkington VB team

Photos purportedly showing Splendora High School students turning their backs when the Tarkington varsity volleyball team was announced at a game Friday circulated on social media over the weekend, leading to outrage from the...

Fundraiser planned for cash-strapped Tarkington VFD

Last year, when Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Gulf Coast, Tarkington Volunteer Fire Department was forced to cancel its annual fundraisers through the rest of the year, including its barbecue, the biggest annual fundraiser. "As...

City of Dayton approves $19.8 million budget, new tax rate

Dayton City Council at a meeting Monday, Sept. 17, unanimously approved the city's $19.8 million budget and adopted a tax rate of $0.6821 per $100 property valuation for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts...

Constable, sheriff’s office involved in high-speed pursuit on SH 105 near Tarkington

A Vidor woman was arrested Friday morning just before noon after reportedly leading law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit reaching speeds of 130 miles per hour on SH 105 between Tarkington and Moss Hill. The...

First responders thanked for service to Liberty County

A little more than a year ago, Liberty County, like all of Southeast Texas, was still digging out from Hurricane Harvey. The storm is tied with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest hurricane on record...

Suspect arrested in 2016 killing of Houston woman; remains found in Plum Grove area

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the murder of Esmeralda Pargas, who went missing in Houston in August 2016. The suspect is Sabrina Olarosa Garcia, 41, of Houston. She was arrested...

TVE board shares details of upcoming rodeos, county fair

October is right around the corner. In south Liberty County, it would be hard to say what people anticipate the most -- the beginning of the fall season or the Trinity Valley Exposition, considered...

Bees bug business in Cleveland

A hive of what are believed to be Africanized honeybees was discovered earlier this week inside the old rail station on Manthey St. in Cleveland, creating a dangerous situation for anyone who stumbled upon...

Liberty County jury sentences man to life for murder in weedwhacker dispute

Convicted murderer Melvin Adalberto Morales-Rivas, 30, hung his head low as his life sentence was announced Friday in the 253rd State District Court in Liberty County. A couple of rows behind him and quietly...

Montgomery County couple accused of starving disabled son

A Roman Forest couple has been charged with injury to the disabled for allegedly nearly starving to death their 17-year-old severely handicapped son. Jason Everett Joyner, 38, and his wife, Jamie Enid Joyner, age unknown...

Public invited to look ‘Behind the Badges’ on Sept. 24

Daisetta Police Department will kick off a series of meetings titled "Behind the Badges" on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at 7 p.m. This series is intended to introduce some of the men and women who...

Liberty County constable’s trial ends with hung jury

After hours of deliberation Wednesday, a Jefferson County jury told County Court at Law #3 Judge Clint Woods it was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Liberty County Pct. 6 Constable...

Baby Parade coming to Liberty Oct. 13, sign-ups under way

Everyone loves a parade. They love showing off their babies even more, so what could be more perfect than a parade of babies? Not much, believes Jennifer Regen, one of the organizers of the Trinity...

Nichols meets with Liberty County superintendents

Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) recently met with local superintendents from Liberty County. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss education issues in preparation for the 86th Legislature which convenes in January. "The Legislature faces...

Swamp People: 12-footer coming to Cleveland

Some people dream of owning a sports cars. Others look forward to building their dream home. For Bryan Neal of Cleveland, he's always dreamed of owning an alligator. Not a live alligator - as it's...

Liberty County first responders to be recognized at Sept. 18 luncheon

First responders from Liberty County will be treated to a free barbecue dinner and receive congressional recognition from U.S. Rep. Brian Babin during an event hosted by local businesses on Sept. 18 at the...