Month: September 2016

Elkhart Students of the Month

Elkhart Middle School students received big ‘Congratulations’ this month for their superb performance. The students of the month are: 6th grade- Taylor Teems, 7th grade- Laryette Gilmore and 8th grade- Brandi Cain. Good...

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Hey Kids, Did You Know …

The Pirate/Parrot Myth and Other Fun Facts By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter TEXAS – There’s an old saying, “That goes together like parrots and pirates,” but did you know that’s a myth? The real relationship between pirates and parrots if iffy, to say the least, and probably began with Robert Lewis Stevenson’s vivid and imaginative rendering of ‘Long John Silver’. A valid case can be made for a pirate’s penchant to keep parrots on board his ship, however, as most pirates plundered and raided then sold their booty later. European royalty had a real love for all things exotic,...

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Is It Déjà Vu All Over Again?

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – In 2014, after sitting empty for nearly three years, Cornerstone Programs took over the former Crockett State School facility. In an eleventh hour move, however, State Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston) began to question the need for Cornerstone in Crockett and effectively caused the facility to shutter its doors by the mid-fall of the same year. Sen. Whitmire is the chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee which oversees the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The facility sat vacant, once again, but earlier this year, a company known as Serenity Place expressed an interest...

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Sign of the Times

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – “It’s theft plain and simple,” Precinct One Constable Morris Luker said about the theft of political signs. “We’ve been getting complaints from the south end of the county about people stealing candidate’s campaign signs,” the constable indicated. The signs he referenced are in the race for the County Commissioner Precinct Three position on the November ballot. The candidates for the position are Reggie Berry (D) and incumbent Pat Perry (R). “I do not believe it is the opponent who is doing this. I believe it is people who feel they are...

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Crockett ISD Recognizes Maintenance Department

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – A meeting of the Crockett Independent Board of Trustees was held on Monday, Sept. 26 and was highlighted by board recognition of the CISD Maintenance Department and the acceptance of a grant in the amount of $880,000. After the meeting was called to order by Board President Lela Wheeler, the first order of business was the hearing of public comments. Area resident Bob Grier had signed up to address the board and said, “I have a couple of questions, but I have to give you some material on the topic I have...

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