Author: Cheril Vernon

Moosehead Heads Aid Shipment

Bereft Louisiana Residents Get Houston County Helping HandBy Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – “Houston County is a small, family community accustomed to helping each other, but it goes far beyond that,” Judy Scott said. Scott is the Executive Assistant for Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce. “When Joni Clonts, the owner of the Moosehead Café and Crockett Printing heard about the flooding in Baton Rouge, she went into action. She picked up the telephone and within hours had solicited the help of the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce, Crockett Sheriff’s Department, Pastor Darryl Bennett of Eastgate Family Church and...

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USAF Ret. Art Bedford to Address the Republican Party of Houston County

A Convention of States USAF Ret. Art Bedford to Address the Republican Party of Houston County By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – On Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m., the Moosehead Cafe will host a seminar featuring retired Air Force Operative Art Bedford. Bedford spent 39 years in the Air Force as a Communications Intelligence Collector and Analyst. He will address the Republican Party of Houston County on a few sensitive issues – namely the perceived overreach of the federal government. Bedford’s speech will detail the effect of the lack of checks and balances on federal power and...

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Lotta Watta

Lotta Watta By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – With roughly two inches or more of rain in the last few days, many parts of the county are under water – but no one seems to be complaining yet. The hot dry days have parched areas of the county, lowering ground water levels, shrinking the water quantity in tanks and ponds and creating fire hazards in wooded and pastured areas. Easy to see why so far, it seems everyone is welcoming the heavy, steady rain – at least in this area. Joshua Lichter from the National Weather Service in...

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Grapeland Teachers Get Taught, “Don’t Just Look … See.”

Kalin Center, HCSO Highlight Keys to Recognizing Child Abuse Grapeland Teachers Get Taught, “Don’t Just Look … See.” By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – Teachers and staff members in any school are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse. It’s the law. In order to accomplish that task with the degree of accuracy so crucial in suspected abuse cases, the law also mandates teachers and staff members undergo specific training on the issue. On Aug. 16, the Kalin Center’s Raelynn Simpson and Norma Tapia presented several aspects of abuse recognition to assembled teachers. Houston County Sheriff’s Office Lead Detective...

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How Much Does it Cost To Run a School?

How Much Does it Cost To Run a School? By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter ELKHART – So how much does it cost to run a rural school? The answer is millions of dollars each year. The taxes used to support the school will likely not increase this year, however, according to Superintendent Dr. Ray DeSpain. The Elkhart ISD held their annual back to school preliminary budget and tax rate meeting Aug. 15.  DeSpain covered the proposed budget in detail with the assembled school board. The tax rate is proposed to remain at $1.17 for maintenance and operations and .19...

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