Month: March 2017

Musical, tours planned during second weekend of Dogwood Trails Celebration

By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor PALESTINE – The second weekend of the 79th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration will kick off on Friday, March 31 in Palestine with a variety of activities, including the opening night of the Palestine Community Theatre’s “Bingo!” The Winning Musical,” a weekend event at Ivy Payne Wildlife Refuge near Elkhart, a cooking class, tours, train excursions and more. The first weekend of the Dogwood Trails Celebration (March 24-26) included the Dogwood Trails Parade, a downtown festival, the Palestine Dulcimer & Old Music Festival at the Museum for East Texas Culture, the Cars of Palestine’s...

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Grapeland Chamber Holds Annual Banquet

By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor GRAPELAND –  Local banker and Grapeland native Brandon Bridges was named Citizen of the Year at the Grapeland Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet held Friday, March 24. State Rep. Trent Ashby of Lufkin presented the award to Bridges at the culmination of the event, thanking the Citizen of the Year “for all that you do for Grapeland.” Bridges serves as banking center president for Prosperity Bank in Grapeland. He is a 1999 graduate of Grapeland High School and a graduate of Texas A&M University. He and his family attend Grapeland Missionary Baptist Church....

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Davy Crockett National Forest, Grasslands Resource Management Plan to Undergo Revisions

By Teresa Holloway Messenger Special Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – The Davy Crockett National Forests and Grasslands resource management plan will soon undergo revisions which may affect recreation, forest vegetation, waterways, cultural and heritage sites and fish and wildlife, according to the NFS. A forest plan is a comprehensive document that guides forest management, use, and resource protection for a period of 10 to 15 years. It is designed to balance and integrate multiple uses with the restoration and maintenance of forest and water ecosystems in the 675,816 acres under NFS purview in the DCNF area. Revisons under consideration concern,...

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HCSO Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt Appeals to Citizens in Fight Against Crime

By Teresa Holloway Messenger Special Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – The Houston County Sheriff’s Office responded to increased numbers of citizens interested in fighting the war on crime by issuing a public invitation to enroll as Associate Members of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas. The Associate Membership Program was created to provide citizens with an opportunity to lend their support to more effective law enforcement and to better help local Sheriffs protect the lives and property of citizens. Over the next several weeks, invitations will go out in the mail. The funding created by Associate Members’ dues helps provide critical training for deputies, technical resources and legislative support on key criminial justice issues. Critical crime prevention and awareness programs, drug abuse prevention programs, additional training for ancillary law enforcement personnel and scholarships for children of law enforcement personnel also are supported through the tax-deductible Associate Member dues. ‘The Associate Membership Drive helps provide the funding which is vital to helping us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work and play,” said Sheriff Bobbitt. “During these economic times, the need for building stronger public-private law enforcement partnerships continues to escalate, and programs such as this continue to grow in importance,” says Sheriff Bobbitt. “I encourage every citizen receiving a membership appeal to consider joining forces with us by becoming an Associate Member. It is a...

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GVFD Hosts Training Event for EMS Students, Firefighters

By Cody Thompson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – Emergency medical services students and firefighters received hands-on experience on rescue procedures for traffic-related accidents on Thursday. The event, which was sponsored by the Grapeland Volunteer Fire Department, was designed as a way for EMS students to couple their academic knowledge with hands-on experience before taking the Texas Department of Health and Human Services EMS Certification Exam. “You can sit in a classroom and talk about how to do this job, but when you actually go out (in the field) and put your hands on (the equipment) it’s an entirely different experience,”...

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