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  • Memorial Day 2017 By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EAST TEXAS – As the country pauses to catch its collective breath over the Memorial Day weekend, it is important to remind ourselves what is...
  • Boom Goes the Dynamite! By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – A loud noise in the early morning hours of Friday, May 26 startled area residents from their sleep, rattled windows and knocked...
  • June Activity Expected in Crockett Industrial Park By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – After years of sitting empty, with a brief hiatus for an oil and gas company, the Crockett Industrial Park is expected to see...
  • Chapman Selected as Grapeland’s Mayor Pro Tem By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – The Grapeland City Council met in a called meeting on Tuesday, May 23 to take care of a few items which had been...
  • Well, what happened was… Three Crockett Men Arrested for Burglary and Vehicle Theft   By Cody Thompson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – The Crockett Police Department arrested three Crockett men who allegedly burglarized a home...
    Mitchell Ray Woods

Mitchell Ray Woods

Mitchell Ray Woods, age 67, of Grapeland passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at his residence.  Mitchell was born January 28, 1950 to parents, Charles Woods and Gloria Mae Oliver

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    Ho. Co. Commissioners Receive Both Good and Bad News

Ho. Co. Commissioners Receive Both Good and Bad News

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – The Houston County Commissioners Court met in a relatively short meeting on Tuesday, May 23 and received both good and bad news during the court session. The last listed item on the court’s agenda was a positive for the county. Precinct Two

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    CISD Board Celebrates Student Accomplishments

CISD Board Celebrates Student Accomplishments

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – During a meeting of the Crockett Independent School District Board of Trustees held on Monday, May 22, the recent accomplishments of CISD students were recognized and celebrated. After the meeting was opened, CISD Superintendent Terry Myers addressed the filled-to-capacity boardroom. “We are proud

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    CEIDC Adopts City of Crockett’s Employee Handbook

CEIDC Adopts City of Crockett’s Employee Handbook

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter  CROCKETT – The Crockett Economic and Industrial Development Corporation (CEIDC) Board of Directors adopted the City of Crockett’s personnel policy during a meeting held on Monday, May 15. After opening the meeting, CEIDC Board President Ansel Bradshaw provided the board members in attendance with a

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HORACE MCQUEEN: History is History – No Rewriting, Please!

Yes, the great Civil War of the 1860s did take place. Whether it’s called the “War Between the States,” the “Civil War” or the “War of Northern Aggression,” it did happen! But whatever the views advocated by leaders in the Confederate states and the Union north, that was over 160

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THE WEEKENDER by Clyde Black: How do you get a human?

“How Do You Get  A Human?”  By Claire Cooper Black A few weeks ago, the Weekender was trying to check on one of his credit cards to see if it was still active.  It has been paid off for some time and he didn’t want to get caught out on the

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WEEKLY BIBLE COMMENTARY by Wes Woodard 5-21

Some of the believers in the Corinthian church congregation were taking other believers in the congregation to civil (Roman) courts and filing lawsuits against them. The Apostle Paul does not tell us what they were about; he just says this is wrong.  He says that they should settle such matters

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    Salmon Lake Park Prepares for 20th Annual Memorial Day Bluegrass and Gospel Festival

Salmon Lake Park Prepares for 20th Annual Memorial Day Bluegrass and Gospel Festival

By Cody Thompson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – Break out your banjos and get your dancing shoes on because the 20th Annual Memorial Day Gospel and Bluegrass Music Festival kicks off on Thursday, May 25 at Salmon Lake Park in Grapeland.  The event, located at 357 Salmon Lake Road, boasts four

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    New Faces on Grapeland City Council

New Faces on Grapeland City Council

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – The Grapeland City Council will have a new look after a meeting on Tuesday, May 16 as three councilmembers were sworn in, while two others said goodbye. The results of the May 6 city election showed Velda Parker, Will Watson and George Pierson

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    All God’s Creatures Great and Small

All God’s Creatures Great and Small

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office hosted a “Science of Agriculture Field Day” for Houston County area third and fourth grade students on Wednesday, May 17. Held at the Porth Ag Arena, students were able to ride horses, visit with several alpacas, learn

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    Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter PALESTINE – On Monday, May 22, a new, casual dining restaurant will open its doors for the first time in Palestine as Chili’s® Grill and Bar begins to welcome guests to its establishment located at 2210 South Loop 256. The newest eatery in the Dogwood

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    Lions Extinguish Dragons’ Fire

Lions Extinguish Dragons’ Fire

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter   LUFKIN – The Lovelady Lions captured the Area Championship by defeating the Shelbyville Dragons 2-0, in a best-of-three series held Thursday and Friday of last week. The first game of the series began on Thursday, but was completed on Friday after lightning caused the

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    Two Sandies Sign Letters of Intent

Two Sandies Sign Letters of Intent

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter   GRAPELAND – Last week, two Grapeland Sandies – in two different sports – inked their names to National Letters of Intent to take their talents to the next level and continue in their athletic careers. Oklahoma Panhandle State University was the beneficiary of the

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    GISD Begins Bond Process

GISD Begins Bond Process

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – Following the passage of the $7.75 million bond for construction of a new elementary school during the May 6 election, the Grapeland Independent School District took the first steps in the bond process during a meeting of the GISD Board of Trustees held

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