Abshier Cemetery in Hankamer gains historic designation

Abshier Cemetery in Hankamer has earned the distinction from the Texas Historical Commission as a Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC). A ceremony on April 13 hosted by the Liberty County Historical Commission and...

Free measles immunizations being offered at Liberty-Dayton hospital on April 27

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center's Rural Health Clinic is teaming up with First Liberty National Bank and KSHN-FM Radio in Liberty to offer free immunizations for...

Former Cub Scout master, Liberty firefighter sentenced to 60 years for aggravated child sex...

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com A former Cub Scout master and Liberty firefighter, James Russel Clymer, 35, was sentenced to 60 years in prison Wednesday in the 75th State District...

Dayton to add new sidewalks along SH 321, US 90

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The City of Dayton will soon have an additional 2.7 miles in sidewalks thanks to a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The...

Crowson named Miss Rodeo Cleveland Livestock Show 2019

Hailey Crowson of Tarkington is this year's Miss Rodeo Cleveland Texas. She was crowned Saturday night during the Cleveland Pro Rodeo at Stancil Exposition Center. Crowson is the daughter of Michael and Amanda Chapin of...

Catfish stocking returns to Neighborhood Fishin’ Lakes in Texas

With the grass growing and wildflowers blooming, it’s time to kick off one of Texas’ best spring traditions – fishing for catfish! Thanks to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Neighborhood Fishin’...

Candlelight vigil honors crime victims

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The Liberty County District Attorney’s Office hosted a candlelight vigil on Thursday, April 11, to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Week, which was held April 7-13....

Liberty County commissioners sign off on more subdivision plats

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Approval of three subdivision plats was granted by Liberty County Commissioners Court at their regular meeting on April 9. In total, the three plats equate...

Liberty County supports A-C Tribe’s efforts to keep gaming facility open in Polk County

Liberty County has joined a growing list of East Texas counties and entities to formally pledge support for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas' efforts to keep open its Naskila gaming center on...

FLNB announces promotions

First Liberty National Bank, headquartered in Liberty, Texas, and with branches in Dayton, Hardin and Huffman, has promoted 10 employees. Brennon Marsh is promoted to senior vice president...

Austin Bank named one of ‘2019 Best Companies to Work for in Texas’

Austin Bank was recently named one of the 2019 Best Companies to Work for in Texas. The Bank was recognized and honored on Thursday, March 28, at the Texas...

Volunteers clean up downtown Dayton in time for Ole Tyme Days

The City of Dayton is spruced up and ready for this weekend's Dayton Ole Tyme Days, which begins Friday, April 12, and goes through Sunday, April 14. On Wednesday,...

Dollar General eyeing new location in Moss Hill

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Dollar General says it is considering a location in the Moss Hill community of Liberty County. The prospective store would be located at 138 State...

First Liberty National Bank creates scholarship trust to benefit local graduates

The First Liberty National Bank is announcing the creation of the South Liberty County Scholarship Trust, which will be comprised of a combination of the assets of the Richard C. and Esther...

Liberty welcomes new assistant city manager

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com At Tuesday night's Liberty City Council meeting, Chris Jarmon, Liberty's new assistant city manager, was introduced. Jarmon, a native of Beaumont,...

Tarkington community shows support for THS scholarship program through crawfish boil

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com For the last five years, the M Club of Tarkington has supported Tarkington High School seniors through scholarships, raising tens of thousands of dollars that...

Downed trees and power lines, but no injuries from Sunday’s storm

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com A strong line of storms blew through Liberty County Sunday, downing trees and power lines from Dayton to Cleveland. No injuries are reported at this time. There has been no confirmation of...

So. Liberty County Relay for Life raises $45K for cancer research

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The South Liberty County Relay for Life chapter provided a financial boost in the fight for cancer research on Friday, April 5. This year's event,...

Family of 98-year-old Cleveland woman celebrating six generations

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com For the first time in her 98-year life, Cleveland resident Nettie Thelma Beasley is slowing down. After suffering a stroke on March 16, Beasley has...

Trotter named lone finalist for superintendent of Cleveland ISD

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Chris Trotter is the lone finalist for superintendent of Cleveland ISD. His selection was announced Wednesday night, April 3, at a special Cleveland ISD board...

Daisetta community mourning resident killed in KMCO explosion

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Tuesday’s explosion at the KMCO plant in Crosby claimed the life of a 27-year-old Daisetta resident, James “Bubba” Mangum. Mangum’s family,...

1 dead in plant explosion in Crosby

Reports of an explosion at the KMCO plant in Crosby have prompted authorities to issue an order to shelter in place for residents in Crosby and all persons at Sheldon ISD. The...

Abshier Cemetery in Devers to receive Historic Texas Cemetery designation

Abshier Cemetery, located near Hankamer in Liberty County, has been honored with a Historic Texas Cemetery designation from the Texas Historical Commission.  The Liberty County Historical Commission will host a dedication to...

Historic cemeteries in Dayton to be dedicated with official markers

The Liberty County Historical Commission will host an official marker dedication at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2019, honoring Linney-Acie Cemetery.  The dedication ceremony will be held at the cemetery located at...

The Crossroads in Dayton almost complete

The Dayton Enhancement Committee is one step closer to completing a project they began two years ago:  The Crossroads.   This pleasance, located on US 90 beside Jack-in-the-Box, is the site of Dayton’s...

AIM Camp in Tarkington breaks ground on aquatic center

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com An aquatic center to honor the memory of Jessica Faith Bostwick is the newest addition to the AIM Team Camp, located at 257 CR 2190,...

Suspect in custody charged with threatening Cleveland ISD staff

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com An 18-year-old female student from Cleveland High School was arrested Friday, March 29, following an investigation into threats she allegedly made to Cleveland ISD faculty...

300 Texas Rangers, troopers, other officers gather in Cleveland for firearms qualification, luncheon

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Since 1994, only three Texas Rangers have served Liberty County - Tony Leal (1994-1997), Grover "Frank" Huff (1997-2013) and Brandon Bess (2013-current). For 20...

Battle of the Bovine: Owners say social media showdown is just fun, no real...

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com A cross-county rivalry is all for fun, say the owners of two Liberty County bulls who have enjoyed time in the spotlight in recent weeks....

Birds of Prey program coming to Lake Livingston this Saturday

Lake Livingston State Park has partnered with EarthQuest to offer a one-of-a-kind Birds of Prey program March 30. An experienced falconer will give two presentations on these birds throughout...

Liberty wraps up two-day Jubilee

The 34th Annual Liberty Jubilee welcomed hundreds of visitors over the weekend, starting with a street dance and concert featuring Stoney LaRue on Friday and a street festival on Saturday.

Cleveland, Tarkington youths hit the diamonds for season-opening games

The season-opening events for Cleveland Youth Baseball Association and Tarkington Community Baseball and Softball Association were home runs as both leagues enjoyed high turnout and good weather on Saturday, March 23.

City of Cleveland cancels May 4 election

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The City of Cleveland official canceled the May 4 election at the March 19 council meeting as the candidates are unopposed. Mayor Otis Cohn will...

Dayton police officer laid to rest

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The funeral for Dayton Police Officer Ricky Skarpa was held Saturday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. A graveside service followed at Magnolia Park Cemetery...

Stoney LaRue, Mason Lively wow crowd at Liberty Jubilee

Hundreds of country music-lovers in Liberty County took advantage of a free concert and street dance Friday night at the 34th Annual Liberty Jubilee that featured the talents of recording artists Stoney...

Liberty County getting $46 million from H-GAC for Dayton railroad overpass

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Relief is just a few years away for motorists frustrated by long waits at the railroad crossing west of Dayton on US 90. On Friday,...

Dayton police, community gather for first-ever Coffee With a Cop-Donuts with Dispatch

The success of Dayton Police Department's inaugural Coffee With a Cop-Donuts with Dispatch on March 20 will likely lead to it being a monthly event, according to Dayton Police Chief Robert Vine....

Liberty Jubilee photo contest winners announced

After reviewing dozens of entries, the judges for the Liberty Jubilee photo contest have decided on the winners. Brent Huggins won Best Overall. The other awards are as follows:

Beasley running for Liberty City Council in May 4 election

Troy Beasley is announcing his candidacy for Liberty City Council. "I was born in Yettie Kersting Hospital and raised in this wonderful community. Beginning at the age of...

Veteran Dayton police officer succumbs to cancer just months shy of retirement

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Ricky Skarpa, a veteran police officer with 44 years of public service in Liberty County, died after a lengthy battle with colon cancer Tuesday, March...