Author: Will Johnson

Grapeland ISD Recognizes 2017 Peanut Queen

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – The awards and recognition for Madelyn Conner keep coming as the Grapeland ISD Board of Trustees recognized the 2017 Peanut Queen for her recent coronation. The GISD Board met in a regularly scheduled meeting held on Monday, Oct. 16 and after the initial meeting formalities, Board President Eddie Childress yielded the floor to 2017 Peanut Festival Chair and Pageant Coordinator Tammy Hassell-Anderson. “I have nothing but good things to say about not only Madelyn but all the girls who were in the pageant this year. All I heard was ‘Yes, ma’am’ or...

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All Hail The Queen!

Madelyn Conner Crowned 2017 Grapeland Peanut Queen By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter  GRAPELAND – Following all the accolades, pictures and ceremonial duties befitting a member of royalty, the newly crowned 2017 Peanut Queen sat down with The Messenger to discuss her coronation, on Monday, Oct. 16. As the conversation began, Grapeland’s newest queen – Miss Grapeland Noon Lions Club Madelyn Conner – expressed her thanks to her parents, the Grapeland Noon Lions Club (her sponsor) and pageant coordinator Tammy Hassell-Anderson. Asked to describe the days leading up to the pageant, the 2017 Peanut Queen said, “It didn’t start getting...

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2017 Peanut Queen’s Coronation – A Resounding Success!

Miss Grapeland Noon Lions Club Madelyn Conner Crowned 72nd Annual Peanut Queen By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor GRAPELAND –  “And the 2017 Peanut Queen is…” You could hear a pin drop as the audience and eight contestants of the 72nd Annual Peanut Queen Coronation held their breathe waiting for Master of Ceremony, Ansel Bradshaw, to announce the winner.  Saturday night, Oct. 14 marked the culmination of months of preparation with at a sold-out Lorena Shoultz Auditorium in Grapeland, and the much anticipated end of a weekend full of events related to the Peanut Festival. The crowd began to...

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A Look Back at the 2017 Peanut Festival

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – After months of planning, the 2017 Peanut Festival drew to a close on Saturday, Oct. 14. While there are always some bumps along the road, this year’s festival was relatively glitch-free and managed to showcase the best of Grapeland during the annual celebration.    The weather held up and the various events leading up to the queen’s coronation all saw large crowds, starting with a pep rally / bonfire on Wednesday night. The blaze brought out a crowd in the hundreds as several players and coaches spoke to the audience in an...

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You Might Need a Pedi …

… When a Toenail Leads to Felony Arrests By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – if there was ever a doubt you should cut your toenails, an arrest early Monday morning, Oct. 16, should erase those personal hygiene misgivings. According to an affidavit of probable cause, 19-year-old Mileena Ann Martinez was arrested and charged with assaulting a public servant after she kicked a Crockett police officer and caused him to bleed after her toenails sliced the officer’s finger. Officer Jeffery Dean was on patrol in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 16 when he observed a vehicle failing to stop...

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