Month: February 2017

Bulldogs Nip Blue Devils for Bi-District Championship

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EAST TEXAS – The Crockett Bulldogs used a big fourth quarter to nip the Central Heights Blue Devils in the Bi-District round of the playoffs by a final score of 49-43. The game was close throughout as Crockett trailed by four after the first period, tied Central Heights at the half, led by one after three and finally clawed out a six point win over the Blue Devils. The game started off slow for the fast-paced Bulldogs as they only scored seven points in the quarter. Xavion Dixon dropped in four for Crockett while...

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GHS Powerlifters Compete in White Oak

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter WACO – The Grapeland High School Powerlifting team traveled to White Oak on Feb.18 to compete in the 22nd Annual East Texas Powerlifting Championship. According to Powerlifting Head Coach Matthew Gayle, the team brought seven boys and four girls to the competition. On the girls’ side, Haylee Reed finished fifth in the 114 pound class with a total of 545 pounds lifted. She recorded lifts of 225 pounds in the squat, 90 pounds on the bench press and 230 pounds in the deadlift. Cheyenne Bowman finished ninth in the 148 pound class with a...

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Shining a Light on the Sex Trade

Part Three: No One Ever Got in my Business By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – In part one of this series readers were introduced to  Teresa Richenberger, who left her East Texas home of Deadwood (near Carthage) at the age of 14, moved to Houston and fell into the dark world of the sex trade. Sex, drugs and alcohol quickly became a way of life for this East Texas teenager. Part two of her story examined how after several failed attempts, Richenberger was able to escape the tentacles of that world and to come out on the other...

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Secure Rural Schools Act Addressed at DETCOG Luncheon

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – The Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Act, along with the funding for counties and local school districts attached to it, was a topic of conversation during the monthly Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) luncheon held on Thursday, Feb. 23. The 1908 act concerns directing the Secretary of the Treasury to make an annual payment to the states based on national forest receipts. According to the statute passed in 2000, the Secure Rural Schools Act was an attempt by the U.S. Congress “… to restore stability and predictability to the annual payments...

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Timberlands Healthcare Introduces New CEO

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – After several months under the guidance of interim CEO Robert Torres, Timberlands Healthcare recently announced a new permanent CEO would lead the hospital provider into its future in Houston County. During a meeting of the Houston County Hospital District Board of Directors held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, new CEO Jeff Perry was introduced to the board and to members of the public. “I’m meeting as many people as I can both in and out of the hospital. I will definitely be calling on you to help me identify the key areas...

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