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The National Weather Service In Corpus Christi Has Issued A * Severe Thunderstorm Warning For... Northeastern Webb County In South Central Texas... Southwestern La Salle County In South Central Texas... * Until 630 Pm Cdt. * At 539 Pm Cdt, A Severe Thunderstorm Was Located Near Encinal, ...Read More.
Effective: April 25, 2018 at 5:39pmExpires: April 25, 2018 at 6:30pmTarget Area: La Salle; Webb

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...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Louisiana...texas.. Atchafalaya River At Morgan City Calcasieu River Near Glenmora Sabine River Near Deweyville The Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: April 25, 2018 at 12:03pmExpires: April 26, 2018 at 2:02amTarget Area: Newton; Orange

Author: Will Johnson

Rising through the Ranks

Nucor Executive Vice President Jim Darsey By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter NORTH CAROLINA – Just over 10 years after the Vulcraft plant in Grapeland opened for business, a young engineer came to work for the company. Eventually, he would become GM of the Grapeland plant and would later move into the upper echelons of the corporate hierarchy for the Fortune 500 Company. “I started with the company (in Grapeland) on Feb. 26, 1979 and started out as a design engineer,” Nucor’s Executive Vice-President Jim Darsey said. He left the Grapeland area in 1986 to go to Vulcraft in Utah...

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“Some People Thought We Were Going to Make Bombs”

Former Vulcraft GM Bill Kontor By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CONROE – When plans for the expansion of the Nuclear Corporation of America were announced in November of 1967, several key players were selected from the company’s plant in Norfolk, Neb. to help get the new facility up and running. One of those tapped to help develop the Grapeland location was Bill Kontor who would go on to become one of the plant’s first general managers. “There were a handful of Vulcraft employees who came from Nebraska with their spouses and young children. They came to build the plant...

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50 Years (Nearly) and Counting

Regional Sales Manager Wayne Montgomery By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – The year was 1968. Lyndon B. Johnson was president, the war in Viet Nam was raging, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were both assassinated and the first manned spacecraft orbited the Earth on Christmas Eve. The year of 1968 also saw Vulcraft, a Division of Nucor, open its doors to the world in Grapeland. Shortly after the steel giant began to make and ship joists from the Grapeland location, Wayne Montgomery joined the Vulcraft team and is still there after nearly 50 years. This...

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Wreck Briefly Closes FM 228 on Monday

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – A one-vehicle wreck at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23 briefly closed FM 228, approximately 1.5 miles east of Grapeland. The vehicle, a dump truck hauling a flat-bed trailer, flipped on its side as it rounded a curve just west of CR 1855. Witnesses at the scene reported the driver of the vehicle had passed another vehicle and then overcorrected to get back in the proper lane. The driver of the dump truck suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The crash is under investigation by the Texas Department...

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Thank You Vulcraft

A Personal Note By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – As the 50th Anniversary of the Vulcraft location approaches, I wanted to take time to say thank you! You see, I grew up in Grapeland and worked at the plant during the summer of my sophomore year in high school. I was employed as the plant’s groundskeeper way back in the last century. The job allowed me to purchase a brand new riding lawn mower and have it paid off before the end of May. Two years later, I applied for and received a $1,500 per year scholarship from...

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