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Chamber backs Barbers Hill Bond issue

MONT BELVIEU— Last week, the West Chambers County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to give their unanimous support to Barbers Hill ISD’s $75 Million Bond Referendum.
The referendum will be on the ballot May 14, in concurrence with the election for School Board positions 3 and 4.
The school says an average growth rate of five percent each year during the past decade, with similar projections for future growth, as the critical factor in calling for the $75 million bond referendum.
District sees growth
“We just need more classrooms,” said Board President Carmena Goss. “Our Middle School campus is being renovated now to handle overpopulation. But with the number of younger students continuing to enter our district, we have to prepare now in order to meet their education needs in three years, and beyond.”
The call for a bond election followed a recommendation presented Monday by the community Growth Committee, which has met during the past four months to assess district needs.
For voters, bond approval would mean an average tax increase of 1.6% each year for four years. On a $153,000 home (the average home value in BHISD), that equates to approximately $23 per year, or a total of $92 in four years.
Following Growth Committee recommendations, Board members divided the bond into two propositions: Proposition One, totaling $65.2 million, addresses classroom space.
Prop. 2
Proposition Two, totaling $9.8 million, includes classroom expansion for band, choir, theater arts and drill team to address overcrowding in auxiliary programs, an inner-campus road, and safety upgrades and other improvements to athletic facilities.
3 new campuses
Proposition One would provide three new elementary campuses.
One campus would house grades 4-5 and would be built adjacent to the current Elementary School, with the two campuses sharing facilities such as the cafeteria and library. Two additional elementary campuses would be built in the same shared-facilities design – one for grades 2-3 and the other for grades 4-5.
“We want to be sensitive to the economic times while still being proactive in planning for the future,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Poole. “Building campuses with shared facilities is just smart. What we’ve seen in our current Primary School and Kindergarten Center, which follow this format, is that the cost savings is enormous – not only in the construction phase but in day-to-day operations as well.”
New Road, facilities upgrades
The Proposition Two primarily addresses the need for more space for the 150-plus member Soaring Eagle Band, choir, drill team and defending State Champion Theater Arts program.
The inner-campus road would help alleviate traffic on Eagle Drive. Athletic facility upgrades would address critical needs for safety compliance in the visitors’ seating at Eagle Stadium. It would additionally provide restroom facilities for the auxiliary track and field that is used daily by four campuses as well as community members.
Since its inception in 1929, Barbers Hill ISD has had twelve bond referendums and all have passed with the most recent bond election occurring in 2005.
Early voting for the bond election will be held April 27 – May 10, followed by Election Day on Saturday, May 14. For more information, visit www.bhisd.net.

Muhs given life term for murder

By BOBBY HORN JR.
LIBERTY— A Liberty County man could likely spend the rest of her life behind bars
Sheila Muhs Muhls was sentenced to Life in Prison for the 2009 murder of Donald Coffey IV last week.
She will not be eibible for patrol for the next 28 years.
The conviction, which took about five hours of deliberation, stemmed from an incident on May 7, 2009 in which Gayle and Sheila Muhs allegedly fired at least two shotgun blasts at a pair of packed cars that stopped outside their house south of Dayton.
Police said the families in the two cars were driving on a public road levee when the Muhs opened fire from their house, killing Donald Coffey IV and hitting three others, including the boy’s 5-year-old sister.
Outside the Muhs’ house was a handpainted sign complete with misspelling and exclamation points that warns: “Trespassers Will Be Shot. Survivers Will Be Reshot!! Smile I Will.”
Ken DeFoor, who was serving as Liberty County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy at the time of the shooting said it was the “most external violent reaction to something so blatantly, blatantly minor” he’s ever seen.
Police got a 911 call just after 9 p.m. DeFoor said, from Sheila Muhs who “reported there were people in jacked up four-wheel automobiles … and that she shot them.” She also reported that the vehicles were destroying the nearby levees.
Police say, however, that the people in the vehicle were not doing anything illegal
The Coffey family – mom Becky, dad Donald III and their three children — were visiting friends along with Patrick Cammack and Cindy Nelton in the Muhs’ neighborhood. The two families had planned to go off-roading at the nearby government-owned levees on the way home, an activity that is both popular and legal.
In the Jeep were Cammack, 30, Donald Coffey III, 30 and Donald IV, 7. In the following Ford SUV were Becky Coffey, Nelton and the Coffey’s 5-year-old daughter Destiny, and 11-year-old son.
The families said they stopped on the county-owned road outside the Muhs’ home so one of the boys could go to the bathroom by the side of the road. That’s when, police said, the couple ran out of their house.
At that point, Sheila Muhs is accused of firing at the vehicle. Her husband reportedly joined her and began to shoot as well.
Police said that the Muhs began to pursue the Jeep as they continued the fire.
Injured in the shooting was Destiny who had been shot in the elbow, Donald Coffey III shot in the shoulder and Cammack, who was driving the Jeep who was hit in the base of his skull. Donald Coffey IV, however, had been hit by several shotgun pellets in the face and head. He later died at an area hospital.
DeFoor said police believe the Muhs may have fired as many as four shots from the 12-guage pump shotgun, each one spraying 15 pellets.
Texas does have a “castle” law that allows property owners to shoot if someone is trespassing on their property at night. But that law, DeFoor said, did not apply in this case.

Dayton High student killed at “conviction party”

DAYTON—A party designed to celebrate the conviction and sentencing of Sheila Muhs for murder turned tragic when a 15-year old Dayton High student was killed.
According to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office on April 16, at around 8 a.m. they received a call of a deceased person call in a ditch on C.R. 443 near F.M. 1409.
The deceased was identified as Charli Gore, a 15- ear old teenager who lived in the Dayton/Indian Ridge area of Liberty County.
Within hours of the initial call, the department received anonymous tips which led to the eventual arrest of two suspects Michael Shane Linkinhoker and girlfriend Cindy Nelton, who have been charged in her death.

Linkinhoker is charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide and Nelton is charged with Making a False Report and interfering with a police investigation.
The department said that previous night a “ conviction party” was being held off of CR 443, near the site of where Donald Coffey IV was murdered by Muhs.
Earlier in the day Muhs had been sentenced to life in prison for the murder.
Witnesses placed both Likinhoker and Gore at the party.
It is believed that during the party and altercation occurred. Evidence also showed that at some point Gore left the party and began walking back toward FM 1409 when a vehicle intentionally ran into the ditch and struck her resulting in her death.
When Linkinhoker was apprehended he was attempting to stash his vehicle on CR 4267 and was in the process of removing the license plates from the vehicle.

Crosby Rodeo announces concert line-up

Casey Donahew Band plays Thurs., June 9 after Bradley Gaskin starts the music after real P.R.C.A. Rodeo Action. Josh Abbott Band plays after George Strait’s Band, Ace In The Hole Band leads off for Friday, June 10. Cory Morrow wraps up the Rodeo June 11 after Brandon Rhyder and the PRCA Rodeo action.

Crosby teen, 2 others charged in capital murder

ATASCOCITA– A Crosby teen is among three who have been arrested and charged with the capital murder of an Atascocita man.
Giovanni Mora, 18, of Crosby, Bobby Dean Jones, 18, and Bruce Lee Taylor, 29, have been charged with the capital murder of Donald Frye III, 41.
According to authorities, the death resulted from an attempted carjacking in Frye’s home driveway.
Frye’s wife said that on April 11 Frye had gone to a local Redbox video machine to return a movie. She said that she became concerned when, hours later he had not returned. She discovered him in the driveway of their home in the 19900 block of Pine Wind Drive, with a gunshot wound.
Based on statements received, authorities believe that the trio had followed Frye to his Atascocita home with the intention of taking his car. However, the victim was fatally shot when the confrontation began.
Mora was taken into custody first, at 1 a.m. on April 15. Jones and Taylor were later also arrested. Charges were filed in the 339th District Court.
Jones, Mora and Taylor are being held in the Harris County Jail without bond.

San Jacinto Day nets national attention

LA PORTE – Last Saturday a record crowd of about 30,000 visitors attended the San Jacinto Day and Reenactment and hear a special message from Congressman Ted Poe, R. 2nd Cong. Dist. concerning the values that led to the conflict and the importance of those values today.
The reenactment commemorates the events of April 21, 1836 in which a force of somewhere between 783 and 900 Texian Revolutionaries defeated Generalissimo De Santa Anna by inflicting 630 deaths, 208 wounds and taking 730 prisoners. Texian casualties were said to be 23 wounded, 6 mortally and 3 killed also conflictingly recorded as 9 killed and 30 wounded.
It would be Santa Anna De Lopez that would cross from Lynch’s Ferry and take up positions in 3 Square miles surrounded by the San Jacinto River as General Sam Houston hatched a plan to make a surprise attack at Siesta making best use of Sidney Sherman’s Cincinnati, Ohio Kentucky Riflemen (avenging Davy Crockett) and bringing with them the Twin Sisters (2 six pound Napoleons.) The 18 minute battle converted more land to a new nationality than most major wars.