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Liberty Lions Club

Scout Troop 56 popcorn holiday fundraiser

L-R Front Row: Phillip Tillison, Davin Morgan, Michael Vollert, Brucarius ZoneReprinted from The Vindicator

Scoutmaster Christine Bibbey thanked the Liberty Lions for their support of the troop. 10 boys attended Camp Pioneer in July. Four of those boys stayed on two weeks to do extra work at the camp. The scouts earned merit badges for Search & Rescue, Welding and Animation.

Among the scouts in attendance of the Lions Club meeting Mon., Oct. 1, werePatrol Leader James Davis, 1st Class; Assistant Patrol Leader Tyler Hamilton, 2nd Class; 1st year Scouts Jordan Case and Conner Perez; and Scouts Phillip Tilleson, Alexander Dean, Davin Morgan, Brucarius Zone, Isaiah Jones, CodyLeonard, Jonathan Brohan, David Brohan and Michael Smith.

The scouts are selling popcorn packages to raise money for camp, uniforms and other scout needs. They have set a goal of $10,000 or $500 for each boy's sales.
If you are interested in purchasing popcorn for the holidays from Scout Troop 56, call 281-904-0397 or 936-776-9821. The scouts will be at Walmart Oct. 13, Tractor Supply Nov. 3 and going door-to-door along the flag routes throughout the fundraiser.


Lions donate $500 to Friends in Deed

(L-R): Lion Greg Turner, Liberty Lion President Craig Wiggins, Lion R. B. McDonald and Lion Paul Newton

Reprinted from The Vindicator

The Liberty Lions wrote a $500 check to Friends in Deed Monday night, Sept. 17. Friends in Deed is a non-profit that helps elementary age students who are recommended by their school faculty.

St. Stephens Episcopal Church started the program and now helps (2nd-5th graders); Cornerstone Church (Pre-K); and First United Methodist - Liberty (1st graders).


Liberty Senior Congregate Luncheon begins Oct. 1 at Heights

Reprinted from The Vindicator

By Carol Skewes, Publisher

Liberty City Manager Gary Broz has been busy with many projects lately, but he is quite proud to announce the new location of the Senior Congregate Lunch to be held weekdays, beginning Oct. 1 at Heights Baptist Church, 2401 Jefferson Drive in Liberty.

Broz is still asking for a few volunteers to donate just one hour per week (you pick the day) at Noon to help serve the hot meals, cooked by LISD's Food Services Department.

Broz stopped by the Liberty Lions Club Monday evening to update the Lions on other projects as well.

He told Lions the City of Liberty adopted their 2012-2013 budget, which includes the $6,884,000 general fund. This amount is 4% up from last year. Most of the increase came from health insurance costs. Broz said, "This is a no frills, balanced budget ... It is in the black, but not where I would like it to be." Sales remains flat at approximately $2 million per year. Broz added, "Property Tax took a big jump." The city went after some delinquent accounts and collected around $300,000.

He said $2.2 million of the $3.2 million borrowed for the Boomerang substation is already paid off and he expects the city to payoff the remainder early, within 6-7 years. Boomerang is using slightly less electricity than originally anticipated. Liberty is asking for rebids on the substation project. Original bids came in $600,000 over budget.

Broz mentioned he is waiting on only one landowner to potentially release right-of-way for a new road to be built connecting the bypass (just south of Hall Rader & Associates) to Lakeland Drive.

Adam Ott, Executive Director of Magnolia Place confirmed they have a contract in place to build their new facility, pending the completion of the road. Ott said, "We are in line as far as I know."

Broz added Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center has an option for 40 acres to build a new hospital.

Broz said, "We will build a three-lane, curb and gutter, concrete road with underground electricity."

The next step is for Broz to deliver a financing plan, design bid, construction and engineering proposal to the next City Council meeting in October.
Broz emphasized, "Property tax will NOT be used to back it up. 
Sales tax will pay for it."


Liberty Lions are ready for some Panther Football

(Reprinted from The Vindicator)L-R): Liberty Lions President Craig Wiggins, Liberty Panther Head Coach Shane Deel, Assistant Head Coach Bob Bellard, Liberty ISD Superintendent Dr. Cody Abshier and Lion Past President Ronnie Mooring


By Carol Skewes,

Liberty Panther Head Coach Shane Deel brought his new Assistant Coach Bob Bellard and Liberty ISD Superintendent Dr. Cody Abshier with him to update Liberty Lions on the sports practice that began Mon., Aug. 6.

Coach Deel said, "We had about 95 kids suited up and a very good turnout. It was a lot of fun. Volleyball, Cross Country and Football kicked off today. We are happy with the results." He introduced Bellard to the Lions, "I had the luxury of playing with him in high school (at Sonora High School) and I worked with him my first nine years of coaching (Magnolia High School, San Angelo Central and Bryan High Schools). He is a great addition to the staff as Assistant Varsity Football Coach." Additionally, Bellard will be the Athletics Director at Liberty Middle School.

With new UIL guidelines and the intense heat, Coach Deel said they are very careful with the practice sessions. They are allowed to have one practice wearing a helmet. Any other practice in the same day must be a "walk-through" without a helmet.

Deel added, "They say two-a-days, but it seemed like it was over in an hour." We have three or four days of exercises before our players can even put on pads. Deel explained, "Even when we can't do true two-a-days, there are opportunities for training that don't count as practice (with UIL). Later, padded practices will then be two in one-day, then one the next".

Coach Deel bragged on his players who competed in the 7-on-7 tournament in College Station, playing six games in two days. Deel said, "We have great expectations for this year with all three teams, 9th, JV and Varsity.
He invited everyone to come out and watch the practice sessions this week. Coach Deel described, "We have a new offensive line this year. The biggest challenge we have is finding the right combination for our offensive line. We are very excited."

"We have a lot of experienced players this year. We backed Daniel Fitzwater in his transition moving away. Sophomore Hudson Standish moved back this year and will be filling the quarterback position. Standish managed the 7-on-7 tournament and has a lot of potential.

"We have a lot or returning defensive players. We are replacing the big guys with quicker bodies. This will be the first time that we have the same speed as other teams in our district."

Coach Deel said all coaches have been through concussion management training, according to UIL standards. "We have to do everything we can to keep these kids safe. We are going to set up some baseline testing for kids who have had concussions in the past. We look for those symptoms and pull them until they are clear. It is high on our radar." Liberty High School is investing in newer helmets as they need to be replaced and puts them on the players in the most critical positions (linebackers, running backs). The newer, high impact helmets cost approximately $300 each. Coach Deel says, "Every year we try to add to our supply."

Liberty Lions provide the labor in the concession stand at War Memorial Stadium for all Liberty Panther home games, so interest was high on the progress of the Panthers' new football season. If you are interested in becoming a Lion, visit a 7 p.m. Monday meeting at Liberty Center.


Liberty Lions learn details in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

(Reprinted from The Vindicator)Patricia Gray, J. D., LL. M. updated the Liberty Lions on the Affordable Care Act at the Mon., July 23 evening meeting

Patricia Gray, J. D., LL. M., Director of Research, Health Law & Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center gave an informative presentation on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and answered questions the Liberty Lions had on various aspects of the new legislation during the July 23 evening Lions Club meeting.

She spoke on the Individual Mandate, Employer Mandate, Medicare impacts for individuals and miscellaneous tax implications of the ACA.
More information can be found on the following websites:

Kaiser Family Foundation - Health Reform

Families USA
www.families usa.org/health-reform-central

Criticism of the health reform act can be found at The Cato Institute.

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