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Arrest Made In 18-Year-Old Cold Case

True Crime TV Show Shines Light on Missing HC Woman By Sarah Naron Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – After nearly two decades, an arrest was made earlier this week in in the cold case of Dina Shoemake, a 32-year-old Houston County mother who was reported missing in January 2000 by her then-boyfriend. Curtis Allen Shoemake, the 60-year-old ex-husband of Dina Shoemake, was booked into the Houston County Jail on the charge of first-degree murder Tuesday, May 15 after being indicted by a grand jury. According to Houston County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deupty G.P. Shearer, Dina Shoemake’s disappearance occurred one...

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A Sobering Reminder: LHS Participates in Shattered Dreams Program

By Sarah Naron Messenger Reporter LATEXO – The students of Latexo High School laughed and chatted as they filed into the auditorium for a special assembly – certainly a welcome break from typical afternoon activities. Within minutes, however, the atmosphere in the room quickly faded from one of lighthearted happiness to silent horror as the students received a startling, tragic revelation. Local newscaster Reese Fowler informed the students that two of their classmates had lost their lives in a drunk-driving accident. “After a night of heavy drinking, a group of five teenagers – all seniors from Latexo High School...

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Farmers, Ranchers, Landowners Workshop Set for May 22-23

By Sarah Naron Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), ‘Minority Landowner Magazine’ and the Pineywoods Small Farmers, Ranchers and Landowners of Texas are teaming up to present a workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22-23. According to Lyn Wooten of the Pineywoods Small Farmers, Ranchers and Landowners of Texas, the event will kick off daily at 8:30 a.m. with Tuesday’s program ending at 3 p.m. and Wednesday’s concluding at 5 p.m. “We got with Superintendent (Don) Jackson and the vocational ag teachers and asked them would they like for us to help sponsor a raising of a hoop house, which is a greenhouse,” explained Wooten. “The USDA and the ‘Minority Landowner Magazine’ is donating it for us to use as a community project so we can get the community to interact with growing vegetables and help raise awareness of horticulture.” Wooten added that several Grapeland ISD students will be participating in both the classroom portion of the program and the raising of the hoop house. “The first day will be classroom portion,” Wooten said. “We’ll have speakers on hand that will give out information on grants and loans that’s made by the USDA and FSA, which is the Farm Service Association. We have quite a few good speakers coming.” Among the speakers will be Anderson County AgriLife Extension Officer Truman Lamb....

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Anderson County Honors Fallen Peace Officers

By Sarah Naron Messenger Reporter PALESTINE – A  ceremony was held in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 15 in front of the Peace Officers Monument in downtown Palestine. Local law enforcement officials, military veterans and civilians gathered to pause in remembrance and show their gratitude for the officers who have lost their lives while working to preserve the safety of the communities for which they are responsible. According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, “a total of nearly 200 officers” were killed in the line of duty in 2017 and 2018. “It’s an important...

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Jackson Vows to Support Grapeland Public Library

By Sarah Naron Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – During the public comment portion of the Tuesday, May 8 meeting of the Grapeland City Council, Grapeland Independent School District Superintendent Don Jackson pledged his willingness to lend a helping hand to keeping the doors of the Grapeland Public Library open. “I suppose it’s a funding issue; I understand that totally,” Jackson said, addressing the members of the council. “I know how hard this council works, and I know you don’t want to be the city representatives that the library closes under.” Speaking on behalf of GISD, Jackson urged the council to...

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