Mail service to resume today in Devers following Tropical Storm Imelda

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is opening a mobile unit in Devers Friday, Oct. 11, to resume mail service to residents in the area. The Devers Post Office is being repaired...

Liberty County applying for grants to increase services for veterans

Liberty County commissioners during their Oct. 8 meeting approved grant applications that could expand the services offered to local veterans. Rolondria Webb with Liberty County Veterans Services explained that the grants, if...

County officials say they are working to eradicate mosquitoes

Feeling a bit bugged by mosquitoes since Tropical Storm Imelda? Liberty County officials say they are working on the problem and have requested an aerial spray of the entire county.

City of Liberty beginning storm-related debris removal Wednesday

The City of Liberty’s debris removal contractor, DRC Emergency Services, will begin debris removal operations on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Residents are requested to have all storm related debris near the edge...

Dayton addresses livestock concerns with ordinance update

From the City of Dayton The City of Dayton recently updated its animal control ordinance to take into account the varied nature of neighborhoods and property types within the...

President signs federal disaster declaration for Liberty County residents impacted by Imelda

Federal help is on the way for Liberty County residents impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda. Late Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump signed the federal disaster declaration that will...

Tax office closing Friday to make move to new location

It's moving day for the Liberty County tax office. At 12:30 p.m. Friday, the tax office, will close so that employees can move computers and other items to the new tax office...

Daisetta holds inaugural National Night Out event

A crowd of 400 people turned out Tuesday, Oct. 1, for the first-ever National Night Out observance in Daisetta. Hosted by Daisetta Police Department at the Hull-Daisetta VFD fire station, residents were...

Cleveland ISD sets dates for $198 million bond presentations

Voters in Cleveland ISD have a big decision to make in the Nov. 5 general election. They are being asked to consider a $198 million bond to fund improvements on existing campuses...

Tarkington Roundup this Saturday to benefit student foundation

The 17th Annual Tarkington Roundup benefiting the Tarkington Student Foundation is this Saturday, Oct. 5, at Tarkington Middle School, FM 163. The Roundup is sponsored by the Tarkington...

Resurfacing of county roads continues in Dayton

Motorists on Hatcherville Road (CR 486) in the Dayton area are being told to expect delays through the end of October as crews with Liberty County Pct. 4 Road and Bridge work...

County extends local disaster declaration

While Texas waits for a federal disaster declaration for damages related to Tropical Storm Imelda, Liberty County commissioners on Thursday extended the local disaster declaration, which was only in effect for seven...

First responders recognized at two luncheons held in their honor

Texas Elite Hospice, Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Bluebonnet News and KORG 95.3 FM hosted two luncheons last week in honor of first responders to thank them for their service to the community.

City of Cleveland sets up debris dumpsters to help Imelda victims

Dumpsters for debris disposal related to Tropical Depression Imelda have been set up by the City of Cleveland to assist residents. The dumpsters are located at 26508 SH 321 at the East...

Liberty County commissioners set tax rate, approve $50 million budget

Liberty County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a $50 million budget for fiscal year 2020 and set the tax rate at $0.5788 per $100 in assessed property value. The budget combines the General...

Crosby boy battling cystic fibrosis becomes honorary member of Liberty County SWAT

An 8-year-old Crosby boy battling cystic fibrosis was given an opportunity of a lifetime on Tuesday by becoming an honorary member of the Liberty County SWAT team. Isaac...

Dayton celebrates National Night Out with free event

Dayton Municipal Court and the Dayton Police Department will host a National Night Out gathering on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Community Center parking lot (801 S....

First Responders Appreciation luncheon moved to Liberty Center due to storm recovery

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The first of two First Responders Appreciation luncheons for this week has been moved from the Jack Hartel Building to the Liberty Center inside Liberty...

National Ground Water Association predicts that more than 126,000 household wells in Texas could...

Community report Wells supplying water to 126,000 households may potentially have been flooded in 13 counties of Texas during Tropical Storm Imelda, per Census Bureau data, according to the...

TxDOT says FM 787 bridge repairs are awaiting federal approval

Tropical Depression Imelda caused more erosion at the FM 787 bridge over the Trinity River near Romayor. A large chunk of the eastside approach to the bridge gave way, forcing the Texas...

I-10 traffic diverted through Liberty County after runaway barges damage SJ River bridge

Traffic on I-10 at the San Jacinto River Bridge is closed in both directions due to a barge that struck the bridge during TD Imelda, forcing the interstate traffic onto SH 146...

Rising water prompts evacuations in Dayton’s Eastgate community Friday

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Two dozens residents and one prize sheep from the Eastgate community near Dayton were evacuated by high-profile, military-style vehicles and airboats on Friday evening by...

CR 604 washout repairs will keep road closed for at least two more weeks

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Flooding from Tropical Depression Imelda forced the closure of CR 604 in Dayton Thursday and the road will remain closed for at least two more...

LCOEM: Thousands evacuated from rising water during Imelda

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The Liberty County Office of Emergency Management is still tallying Tropical Depression Imelda figures as they come in, but the most recent information is that...

School closings for Friday

With flooding conditions continuing, several local school districts have already made the decision to cancel school and extracurricular activities for Friday, Sept. 20. The districts that have announced closures include Cleveland, Dayton,...

‘This is worse than Harvey’

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The flooding from Tropical Depression Imelda is creating a crisis in Liberty County where many of the roads are now underwater and more rain...

Knight: Liberty County will file local disaster declaration due to Imelda flooding

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Storm-weary residents of Liberty County, some still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, are flooding again thanks to Tropical Depression Imelda. Liberty County...

School closings for Thursday, Sept. 19

With flooding conditions occurring in parts of Southeast Texas, some local school districts are already making the decision to cancel all classes on Thursday, Sept. 19. So far,...

OEM: Liberty County officials monitoring weather as rain continues

With weather conditions worsening across Liberty County as more rain moves through the area, Liberty County Judge Jay Knight and Emergency Management Coordinator Crista Beasley-Adams say they want to assure Liberty County...

City of Cleveland approves budget for new community splashpad, library renovations

By Rachel Hall, reporting for Bluebonnet News Cleveland City Council held a public hearing on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 during the Tuesday, Sept. 17, meeting. 

School closings

Due to inclement weather, classes have been canceled for Dayton, Liberty and Cleveland ISDs. Lee College has also closed all campuses for the day. Updates will...

Dayton City Council approves creation of reinvestment zone

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Dayton City Council on Monday, Sept. 16, approved the creation of Reinvestment Zone #5, a segment that includes a 300-acre tract on SH 146 South...

TVE begins 110th rodeo season

Fall in Liberty County means that it is once again time for the Trinity Valley Exposition Fair and Rodeo. In its 110th rodeo season, TVE is now the eighth longest-running rodeo in...

World War II era documents tied to Cleveland found in stolen safe

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com A steel safe stolen from a property in Nacogdoches County and found in a roadside ditch has ties to the Cleveland area. Inside the safe...

Treat Street returns to Cleveland on Halloween Night

Thousands of trick-or-treating children will fill Stancil Exposition Center on Halloween Night, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., for the 11th Annual Treat Street, an event hosted each year by the...

Liberty County creates position to oversee future elections

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com With the 2020 general election looming on the horizon, Liberty County is establishing a new position for an elections administrator. County commissioners, at the Sept....

City of Liberty OKs $35.9 million budget, sticks with same tax rate

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Liberty City Council unanimously approved a $35.9 million budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year at the Sept. 10 meeting. Rising property values, correlating to an...

As drought conditions rise, Liberty County judge orders burn ban

Liberty County is now under a burn ban. The order was signed Monday morning by Liberty County Judge Jay Knight. The burn ban is in effect for...

Health Center of Southeast Texas celebrates clinic expansion while eyeing other future clinic sites

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com For the last 15 years, an oversized map of Southeast Texas has hung on the wall in Steve Racciato's office in the Health Center...

Dayton Citizens Police Academy begins eight-week course

The Dayton Police Department kicked off opening night of the department's first Citizens Police Academy Tuesday night. City Manager Theo Melancon was on hand to welcome the participants to this community outreach...
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