UPDATE: The concert has been moved to the Crockett Civic Center, 1100 Edmiston Dr. in Crockett due to the chance of rainy weather. The concert will start at 8 p.m. By Cody Thompson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – If you’re a fan of soulful lyrics and smooth rhythms, then the Piney Woods Fine Art Association has the event for you: Houston-based band, Brown Sugar Band, will be at the J.B. & Kathryn Sallas Amphitheater at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 22 to pay tribute to a number of historic Motown bands and artists. The free concert, sponsored by the Coca-Cola...Read More
Author: Cheril Vernon
By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor PALESTINE – Grab your boots and your cowboy hat, because the Dogwood Frontier Pro Rodeo is coming up this weekend. The rodeo will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 23-24 at the Anderson County Youth Livestock Riding & Roping Arena, located off U.S. 287 North of Palestine. “It’s a CPRA/ UPRA rodeo with bareback riding, saddleback riding, calf-roping, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding,” rodeo organizer Jimmy Ray said. “There will be some good livestock.” “We also will have mutton busting for the little kids.” Kids will need to enter the mutton busting competition an hour before the rodeo starts with the rodeo secretary “where all the cowboys and cowgirls check in at the arena,” Ray said. “If you want to come see a good rodeo and have a good time, come on out, rain or shine.” A drawing will be held for a gas-powered mini bike during the rodeo. Tickets are $5 a piece or five for $20. Tickets for the rodeo are available in advance at Cavender’s Boot City in Palestine for $10. Tickets at the gate will be $12. Children age 6 and under get in free. The Dogwood Frontier Pro Rodeo Queen, Princess and Little Miss contestants will be introduced on Friday night during the rodeo. The winners will be announced during Saturday night’s...Read More
By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor PALESTINE – An early-morning house fire killed a male and female victim in Tennessee Colony on Sunday, June 28. At approximately 4:17 a.m. June 18, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies and Westside, Tennessee Colony, Tucker and Montalba Volunteer fire departments responded to a report of a structure fire in the 500 block of ACR 2901 in Tennessee Colony. “Upon the volunteer fire departments gaining control of the fire they discovered two bodies within the burned structure,” ACSO Chief Deputy Troy Black said in a ACSO press release. On Tuesday, June 20, the male victim was identified as the home’s resident Casey Lee Williamson, 41, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor. The female victim has not been positively identified. Autopsies were ordered by Justice of Peace Pct. 2 Carl Davis and were performed Tuesday in Tyler with results pending. The state fire marshal’s office and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators are still actively investigating this...Read More
Walking in Freedom Parade, Program Held to Celebrate Juneteenth By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor CROCKETT – With the theme “Walking in Freedom,” the 32nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration was held Monday, June 19 with a parade and program in Crockett. The parade kicked off in downtown Crockett, traveling around the Crockett square to Goliad Avenue and then to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, before finishing at the Groves Center. The parade featured Juneteenth Pageant participants and their escorts, as well as limousines, fire engines, horseback riders, cars, trucks, ATVs and motorcycles. The parade grand marshal was Deacon Gerald Colter...Read More
Daddy’s Day As we enter Father’s day, I want to tell you a story about a little girl who didn’t have a “daddy”. My father died in 1961. I got married in 1960 and at some point in my life’s journey, I became the “daddy”. So for all who have a “daddy”, maybe this story will make you appreciate him just a little more…………… Her hair was up in a pony tail, her favorite dress tied with a bow. Today was Daddy’s Day at school, and she couldn’t wait to go. But her mommy tried to tell her, that she probably should stay home. Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school alone. But she was not afraid for she knew just what to tell her classmates of why he wasn’t there today. But still her mother worried for her to face this day alone. And that was why once again, she tried to keep her daughter home. But the little girl went to school, eager to tell them all about a dad she would never again see. There were daddies along the wall in back, for everyone to meet while the children squirmed anxiously in their seats. One by one the teacher called a student from the class to introduce their daddy. The seconds slowly passed. At last the teacher called her name, every child...Read More
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