Author: Will Johnson

Sandiettes Season Comes to a Close 

Grapeland Falls to LaPoynor, 57-54 By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter RUSK – A season of great promise came to a heartbreaking end for the Grapeland Sandiettes on Tuesday, Feb. 20 as they fell to the LaPoynor Lady Flyers in the Regional Quarterfinals by a final score of 57-54. While the Sandiettes played their hearts out, it was not meant to be as the #2 ranked Lady Flyers overcame a nine point deficit in the final period to advance to the Regional Tournament at Leon High School in Jewett. The Sandiettes opened the game on fire from both the offensive...

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Area School Board Elections Set

Election Day is May 5 By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EAST TEXAS – The last day to file for a place on the General Election Ballot for school board positions was Friday, Feb. 16 and while area residents always seem to grumble and complain about their school taxes as well as the way school board trustees “foolishly” spend the taxpayers’ money, only two area districts have contested races. The last day to file a declaration of write-in candidacy was Tuesday, Feb. 20. If no candidates decide to launch a write-in campaign, school board elections in Crockett, Grapeland, Kennard, Latexo,...

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Death Threats Lead to Arrest of Crockett Man

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – A Crockett man is still in custody after a stand-off with police on Sunday evening. Zvondrich Diante Perry, 25, was arrested and charged with making a terrorist threat after he allegedly threatened to kill a neighbor. According to information from the Crockett Police Department, officers were dispatched at approximately 8 p.m. to the 100 block of J.B. McDuff Drive, following the reported threats. The PD further indicated Perry had previously made threats of this nature towards his neighbors. Once officers arrived at the scene, they went to Perry’s residence to speak with...

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DPS Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – A traffic stop on Friday, Feb. 16 led to the arrest of a Houston County woman on felony drug charges. Tonya Denise Renner, 47, was stopped by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Kody Woolley at approximately 6 p.m. on the aforementioned date after he observed a blue Ford ZX2 “… operating without a registration insignia.” According to an arrest warrant, after identifying the driver as Renner, the trooper “… observed a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance that emitted a string odor of marijuana inside of her purse.” In...

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Sandies Dominate Gladiators in Bi-District

Grapeland Blisters Italy, 67-30 By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter  FAIRFIELD – If this is February, this must be Fairfield. The Grapeland Sandies walked into the Johnson Activity Center (JAC) on Monday night to take on the Italy Gladiators in a Bi-District clash. For the Sandies and Sandiettes, the JAC has become Grapeland’s home away from home. Since 2015, this was the 20th game played by Grapeland in Fairfield, with most of them have turning out in a favorable manner. Monday, Feb. 19 was no exception as the Sandies hammered the Gladiators to the point where Italy player Kendrick Norwood...

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