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The National Weather Service In Lake Charles Has Issued A * Flash Flood Warning For... Jefferson County In Southeastern Texas... Orange County In Southeastern Texas... * Until 1000 Pm Cdt. * At 552 Pm Cdt, Doppler Radar And Automated Rain Gauges Indicated ...Read More.
Effective: June 18, 2018 at 5:57pmExpires: June 18, 2018 at 10:00pmTarget Area: Jefferson; Orange

Author: Cheril Vernon

CASA to host Superhero Race

Staff Reports RATCLIFF LAKE –  April is Child Abuse Awareness month and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are kicking it off right with a costumed 5K Superhero Race. The event will benefit the abused and neglected children of Houston, Angelina and Polk counties. The race will be held on March 25 at Ratcliff Lake Recreation area. The first race, a 13-mile half-marathon, begins at 8 a.m. and runners will trek an all-terrain course including bridges, hills and the scenic country roads of Houston County. The 5K race will begin at 8:15 a.m. and will be 3.1 scenic miles through the Ratcliff Park camping loops, lakeside loops and tree covered park roads. A fun run begins at 9 a.m. and the event will include many activities for the whole family. Registration fees for the races are $35 for the 5K, $85 for the 1/2 marathon (13 miles) and the fun run is $25. On the day of the race the fee is $5 more. Event Manager Jillian Bertsch explained the proceeds from the races benefit several aspects of CASA’s services to the children in need. “We train community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children in the foster care system,” Bertsch said. CASA opened its doors in 1996 and has been serving the legal advocacy needs of abused and neglected children since. The organization serves all ages...

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79th annual Dogwood Trails Celebration to kick off March 24

By Cody Thompson Messenger Reporter PALESTINE – The beginning of spring brings signifies many things: warmer weather, flowers are starting to bloom and Easter is right around the corner. It also brings with it the Dogwood Trails Celebration in Palestine. In the spring of 1938, Charles W. Woolridge and Eugene Fish met for a cup of coffee.  During their visit, both men agreed that Palestine needed its own dogwood trail. This conversation paved the way for the first Dogwood Trails Festival in 1939. Over the years, the festival has evolved from a small, roughly constructed trail to a major...

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Mission Tejas State Park plans improvements

By Teresa Holloway Messenger Special Reporter MISSION TEJAS – All eyes are on the changes under way in Mission Tejas State Park. Current improvements and future projects are designed to enhance the environment and the public enjoyment of the park, according to Park Ranger Josh Crawford. “Without the people, it’s not a park. It becomes a preserve, at that point,” Crawford said. Heavy machinery, new building construction and graded areas for new roads are visible from the highway. “Crews are working ahead of schedule to complete enhancements to the area,” Crawford said. “We have a new entrance being built...

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Reed Terminated by CWSC Board in 4-3 Vote

By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor HOUSTON COUNTY – After five tumultuous months of demanding answers to questions about management practices at Consolidated Water Supply Corporation, the CWSC board voted 4-3 during a  Tuesday meeting to terminate CWSC General Manager Sherry Reed, according to a source. The problems started to surface during a November 2016 meeting where shareholders levied accusations of nepotism, excessive overtime pay, questionable practices in funding of the CWSC retirement plan and general mismanagement of the corporation at the feet of Reed. Local businessman Kevin Holbrook addressed the board on nepotism and overtime at the November...

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Keep Elkhart Beautiful sets Trash-Off event April 8

  By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor ELKHART – The non-profit organization Keep Elkhart Beautiful Inc. is inviting the community to participate in its Keep Elkhart Beautiful Trash-Off clean-up event set for Saturday, April 8. The Elkhart pick-up-litter event will be held in conjunction with the statewide Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off set for the same day. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 8 starting in the parking lot of First United Methodist Church, located at 202 E. Parker Street in Elkhart across the street from Elkhart Elementary School. “People are encouraged to...

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