Author: Cheril Vernon

FFA: Where Would the World Be Without It?

By Sarah Naron Messenger Reporter With National FFA Week in full swing, Ag teachers throughout the local area took a moment to ponder on where the world would be if there were no FFA organizations. “I would like to think that a lot of our leadership wouldn’t be as broad and we wouldn’t have as many leaders,” said Gary Graham of Grapeland High School. “That’s one of the things that FFA prides itself on, is teaching leadership skills and helping the kids that would like to be leaders higher up to further their leadership opportunities.” Graham also credited the...

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Don Calvin Bartmess

Don Calvin Bartmess, age 74, of Centerville, TX passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center in Temple, TX.  He was born October 20, 1943 in Memphis, TN to parents Eugene Clifford Bartmess, Sr. and Era Leida Pauline Carr Bartmess. Don served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a master brick mason and contractor as well as a “Jack of All Trades”. He attended the River of Life Church in Leon County.  Don was an honorable and kind hearted man who loved his family fiercely. Don...

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Norma Dell Monzingo Jones

Norma Dell Monzingo Jones, age 83, of Lovelady passed away Friday, February 16, 2018 at her residence. Norma Dell was born June 10, 1934 in Lovelady to parents, L. H. Monzingo and Eslie Barron Monzingo. She was a graduate of Lovelady High School, attended Stephens College and graduated from Sam Houston State University with a teaching degree. Norma Dell taught for many years in Crockett, also in Porter Springs and was employed by Lovelady ISD. After retiring, she became the Alumni Director for Sam Houston State University, also served on the Lovelady City Council and was appointed Mayor Pro...

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Normal Dell Jones: The Lady, the Legend and the End of an Era

By Kay Boothe Messenger Editor Legend. That is a pretty big word. But try as you might, it is difficult to come up with another word to adequately describe Norma Dell Jones. She was born and died in Lovelady, Texas, but her influence went so much further. From Austin to Nashville to Washington D.C. and all over the globe, Norma Dell was a force to be reckoned with. She was respected near and far.  And she earned that respect.  When there was political turmoil in the air, Norma Dell was often the glue that held things together.   She...

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Rain Still in Forecast

By Sarah Naron Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – After increasingly dark clouds rolled into the skies above Houston County midway through the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 20, the area experienced a torrential downpour and some quite impressive strikes of lightning. The brief thundershower is the first of many expected to be experienced by the Grapeland area throughout the remainder of the week. Forecasts for the local area anticipated a total rainfall of one inch Tuesday with chances of rain remaining high during the night. Chances of rain were predicted to be at 100 percent for Wednesday, Feb. 21, on...

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Flood Warning

10:40 AM CST on February 22, 2018
8:00 AM CST on February 27, 2018
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Thursday 02/22 30%
High 55° / Low 45°
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Friday 02/23 40%
High 72° / Low 64°
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Saturday 02/24 100%
High 70° / Low 45°