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Local Yoakam to Perform June 21 in Crockett

‘Guitars, Cadillacs and Hillbilly Music’ Coming to Crockett By Sarah Naron Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – It may be a long way from the “Streets of Bakersfield,” but the J.B. and Kathryn Sallas Amphitheater in downtown Crockett is the place to be Thursday, June 21 as the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association’s Summer Lightnin’ June Tunes by the Tracks Tribute Series rocks on with Local Yoakam. As the Lone Star State’s only Dwight Yoakam tribute/cover band, the Dallas-based ensemble dedicates itself to not only revamping Dwight Yoakam hits such as “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” and “Crazy Little Thing Called...

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22nd Annual Boat Parade Set for June 30

By Sarah Naron Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – For the past 21 years, boat and watercraft owners of Houston County have converged on Houston County Lake to show their patriotism and take their shot at winning the annual 4th of July Boat Parade. 2018 will be no exception as the event enters its 22nd year Saturday, June 30. According to event organizer Charles Sutton, the parade is set to kick off at 5 p.m. at the Statue of Liberty in Sutton Cove at Lake Forest Estates in Grapeland. “The boats should be there at 4:45 p.m., because the judging actually begins before the parade starts so that we know who’s receiving what by the time they return,” Sutton explained. Awards will be presented for Best of Show, First Runner-Up, Best Spirited Crew, Best Personal Watercraft, Best Towed Craft, Most Original and Most Patriotic. Honorable Mention will also be given. “You can enter any kind of a watercraft and also a towed craft – they can enter a tube or a towed barge or anything,” Sutton said. Registration will begin at the Statue of Liberty at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30 and continue through 4:30 p.m. A $5 entry fee is required per craft. “We usually have 10 to 15 boats every year,” Sutton said. The first parade, Sutton explained, was organized by himself and his fellow Houston County Lake...

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By Sarah Naron Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – With summertime upon us, a favorite outdoor activity for many individuals and families in the area is hopping on the back of an all-terrain vehicle and racing through the countryside – some in search of a day full of fun in the mud and others simply looking to take a peaceful, scenic trip as the sun goes down. As Houston County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Coordinator Roger Dickey pointed out, regardless of the circumstances surrounding one’s time on an ATV, it is imperative that all riders follow necessary safety protocols to ensure that a good time is had by all. “Don’t allow kids who are too young to operate ATVs unsupervised,” said Dickey when speaking of some of the most important safety precautions. “Follow the helmet recommendations.” In light of the recent observance of ATV Safety Week – June 1-10 – the ATV Safety Institute is continuing to encourage riders to follow the “Golden Rules” of safe ATV riding. Among the suggestions made by the institute are to avoid carrying a passenger on an ATV which was meant for a single rider. For vehicles designed to accommodate the driver and one passenger, no additional riders should be carried on that vehicle. Other precautions listed among the “Golden Rules” are riding only on trails which have been designated for use by ATVs and...

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Houston County Celebrates 181 Years

‘A Shining Example of All That’s Great’ By Sarah Naron Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – The oldest county in the Lone Star State celebrated its 181st birthday Tuesday, June 12, and the milestone was an event that Trent Ashby of the Texas House of Representatives looked forward to. “Texans are proud of their rich heritage, and nowhere is that more evident than in Houston County,” Rep. Ashby said Friday afternoon. “As the first county established under the Republic of Texas, Houston County and its citizens played a lead role in shaping what our beloved state has become.” Houston County...

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U.M. ARMY Lends a Helping Hand in Crockett

By Sarah Naron Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – In an effort to perpetuate the goal “to provide Christ-centered missions that serve people in need and promote spiritual growth and leadership development in youth and young adults,” approximately 155 members of the U.M. ARMY (United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth) marched into Crockett Sunday, June 10. The group is being hosted by the First United Methodist Church of Crockett, where they will be staying until Sunday, June 16. According to Todd Harris, Direct of Student Ministries for Christ Church Sugar Land, the organization – which celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier...

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