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  • Grapeland Woman Found Guilty of Child Abuse By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – A guilty verdict was returned by a Houston County jury on Thursday evening against a 21-year-old Grapeland woman who stood accused of...
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    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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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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FORESTRY UPDATE by Gary Allen Burns 5-18

Soil pH is an indication of the hydrogen ion concentration – the amount of acidity or alkalinity of soil. The pH scale has a range of 0 – 14, with pH 7 as the neutral point. A pH of 0 is the most acidic and pH 14 is the most

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Houston County Lake Report 5-18

77F surface water temperature, normal level, and stained in color. Fair black bass on plastics scattered across the lake. Good crappie on live minnows at creek channel brush. Good bream on live worms near banks. Good catfish on shad, worms, and chicken livers.  Crockett Family Resort Cottages, Marina, & RV

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EVER WONDER by Jacque Scott: Barber Poles

Barber Poles Sometime ago, we learned something about Dentists and mankind’s wish to not only enjoy his food but to look good as well.  Dentistry was often done in the all-purpose barbershop.  Today, I thought we might find out a little more about the red and white pole that used

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SUNNY THOUGHTS FROM SUNSET by Rev. Vance Drum 5-18

Sunday was Mother’s Day, and we celebrated all of our mothers.  May they all be blessed, and, if no longer living, may their memories burn brightly in our hearts.  The Sunset pastor on Sunday continued our “Raised with Christ” series with a message, “The Supreme Christ.”  The text was from

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WEEKLY BIBLE COMMENTARY by Wes Woodard 5-14

 “1 Corinthians 5:1-13 – “Immorality Tolerated” Divisions was the first major problem in the Corinthian Church. Immaturity (not wanting to grow up spiritually) was the second major problem. Third, gross immorality was tolerated within the congregation. The Apostle Paul says, “It is actually reported that there is immorality among you,

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HORACE MCQUEEN: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

That string of at least five tornadoes on Saturday, April 29 left thousands of folks in Van Zandt, Henderson, Rains, Smith and Wood counties with lots of cleanup to do. The stormy weather did the most damage in the Canton area — leaving behind four dead and many more injured.

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THE WEEKENDER by Clyde Black: Mow or Pick Up Sticks

By  Claire Cooper Black theweekender@live.com Several years ago, the Weekender surprised me with a zero-turn radius lawn mower.  Actually, it wasn’t that much of a surprise because I passed him on Highway 19 as he was bringing it home on the trailer. The look on his face as I waved

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