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Body, vehicle recovered from Trinity River in Romayor

Texas EquuSearch volunteers and the Liberty County Sheriff's Office had the grim task of recovering a vehicle and body from the Trinity River south of the FM 787 bridge in Romayor on...

Search for missing Houston woman resumes in Romayor

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.comAuthorities believe they have found the vehicle of a missing Houston woman in the Trinity River about 100 feet south of the river bridge on FM 787 near Romayor.The vehicle is...

Video histories being collected for Cleveland Historical Museum

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Cleveland Historical Society and Bluebonnet News are partnering on a project to compile video interviews of Cleveland and Tarkington-area residents. The compilation is titled "Conversations."

Candidates sign up for city council positions

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The deadline to sign up for city council positions passed Friday, Feb. 15, with only a handful of candidates signing up to run for office...

Quilts for Vets seeking World War II, Korean Conflict vets

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com A Beaumont, Texas-based non-profit, Quilts for Vets, is hoping to connect with World War II and Korean Conflict veterans to present them with handmade quilts...

Summit Inn in Dayton shut down due to fire and building code violations

Summit Inn, located at 604 US 90 in Dayton, is closed at this time after City of Dayton building inspectors reportedly found fire and building code locations that posed a significant risk...

Cleveland-area leaders pray for unity, prosperity of community

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Feb. 12 is a special day in Cleveland. For the last five years, the city has participated in the Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer,...

Young ladies vying for Miss Rodeo Cleveland crown

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com It’s almost rodeo season in Cleveland and young ladies vying for Miss Rodeo Cleveland are preparing to compete for the coveted rodeo queen crown.

Dayton police: Expect traffic delays starting Tuesday morning due to I-10 shutdown

Travelers should expect a higher volume of traffic on SH 146 and US 90 in the Dayton area due to westbound traffic on I-10 being diverted. "A large water...

Handgun rumor prompts lockdown at Cleveland ISD

Cleveland ISD officials say a lockdown at the middle school campus Monday morning was the result of an investigation into the possibility that a student was in possession of a firearm. However,...

Cleveland ISD voters to decide on largest bond in district’s history this May

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Cleveland ISD's unprecedented growth is prompting school trustees to call for yet another bond on May 4. This time around the request is historic -...

Wine-tasting event planned to benefit Dayton Fire and Police Museum

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com With Texas ranking fifth in the U.S. for the number of wineries - 323 total as of July 2018 - it's a perfect time to...

HCSET clinic expansion in Cleveland nears completion

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com In just a few short weeks, the Health Center of Southeast Texas will open the doors to its new 12,000-square-foot expansion located on the north...

Feb. 7, 2019 proclaimed as Earl Heider Day in Dayton

A longtime City of Dayton employee was honored when the city proclaimed Feb. 7, 2019, as Earl Heider Day. Heider was presented the proclamation by Mayor Pro-Tem Dr. John Johnson.

Entergy Texas volunteers providing free tax preparation for qualifying customers 

Entergy Texas customers will receive free tax preparation and have the chance to win money at Entergy’s Super Tax Day program held on several upcoming Saturdays. Volunteer tax preparers,...

Dayton Chamber holds Cuba-inspired gala to recognize top business, community leaders

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The atmosphere in the Dayton Community Center Saturday night was vibrant for the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's Havana Nights gala to honor the city's top...

UPDATED: Body found along US 59 in Cleveland

UPDATE: Police say they are still unable to publicly identify the man whose body was found Sunday around the SH 105 bypass and US 59 in Cleveland. "We believe the male is homeless, which is...

TxDOT: Trinity River slowly changing course, new bridge at FM 787 needed in future

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Persistent rainstorms in southeast Texas and Hurricane Harvey in 2017 have caused major soil erosion to the northwest side of the Trinity River bridge on...

Tarkington Community Library looking toward new building purchase

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Tarkington Community Library has launched a building fund to replace the old log cabin that has served as the library since it was founded 15...

Dayton community shows support for volunteer firefighters

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Nearly 500 people attended the Fifth Annual Boots and Bullets fundraiser to benefit Dayton Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Dayton Community...

Aerial photos show scale, intensity of oil tank fire in Daisetta

When an oil tank exploded off of CR 2018 in Daisetta on Tuesday, Jan. 29, one local aerial photographer, Travis Yust, grabbed his drone and captured these amazing images of the fire...

Cleveland chamber celebrates history at annual gala

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce took a walk through history for its annual membership gala on Jan. 25 at the Cleveland Civic Center....

Oil tank explodes in Daisetta

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Updated: The tank fire is out and the order for sheltering in place has been lifted. Original story; Authorities are responding to an oil tank explosion on CR 2018 in Daisetta. No injuries...

Dayton welcomes new city secretary

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Jennifer Pafford Billings, who holds one of the most prestigious certifications in the state for municipal court clerks, is the new city secretary for Dayton....

Search for missing Harris County woman produces no results

Texas EquuSearch launches a boat Saturday to aid in the search for a missing Harris County woman. By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com After a search...

EquuSearch, Liberty Sheriff’s deputies searching near Trinity River for missing woman

A search is under way Saturday for a missing Harris County woman who was last seen Jan. 2. Her cell phone reportedly pinged to a cell phone tower in the Rye area in north...

Tarkington AD’s contract not extended

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The contract for Coach Stan Howard, the Tarkington ISD athletic director, will not be extended for another two years. The school board Tuesday night,...

Go Fund Me account set up to help Tarkington family with funeral expenses

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com A group of Tarkington friends who have become adept at fundraising are now using pooling their efforts and resources to help a family who was...

UPDATED: 3 Tarkington family members killed in head-on crash

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Authorities say three members of one Tarkington family - Mark Henson, 57, his daughter, Jesse Henson, 16, and granddaughter, Lily Protain, 4 - were killed...

Dayton woman credits God for saving her life after tree crashes through vehicle

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Denise Wilburn of Dayton says she was praying for friends and family Tuesday at the exact moment when a large tree fell through her...

Friends of Liberty County deputy constable planning benefit to offset medical expenses

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The last few months have been a financial strain for Pct. 2 Deputy Constable Chris Dryer and his family. After suffering for years with ulcerative...

Dayton teen overwhelmed by birthday wishes

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The letter carrier who delivers mail to Payge Davie's house in Dayton has been busy lately after a request for birthday cards for the...

Warrant roundup in Liberty County hailed a success

Law enforcement in Liberty County made a concerted effort this week to close open warrants and perform high-visibility proactive policing. What began as a idea from Probation Chief Steve...

Levee failure repaired in Liberty

Employees with the City of Liberty's Street and Drainage Department around 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, discovered a slope failure on the Main B Levee 400 feet east of Bowie St., according...

Cleveland City Council approves contract with airport manager, denies chamber resolution

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Cleveland City Council extended its lease agreement with Aviation Services owner Clay Dean for operation of the city's municipal airport during its regular monthly meeting...

Cleveland ISD sets dates for employee, community meetings regarding superintendent search

Residents who live within the boundaries of Cleveland ISD are invited to attend a community meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the boardroom of the Cleveland ISD Administration Building, 316...

Dayton mom requesting cards for daughter hit by car

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Payge Davie of Dayton is turning 18 on Jan. 18. It's a milestone she was nearly denied after being struck by a car in November...

Cleveland ISD seeking public’s input regarding superintendent search

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com Residents in Cleveland ISD have an opportunity to offer suggestions on the characteristics needed in the next superintendent. The survey, which asks participants to...

Dollar General in Tarkington to rebuild following fire

Dollar General at the intersection of SH 321 and SH 105 in Tarkington will reopen for business in early summer, according to a spokesperson at the company's headquarters in Tennessee.

Dayton’s new police chief takes office

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com The City of Dayton is celebrating the arrival of its new police chief - Robert Vine. After beginning his first day on the...