Job Fair to be Held Soon By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – Construction on the Darling Ingredients plant on FM 227 is moving right along and the expectations for the plant to become operational are on track for a late 2018 or early 2019 opening. Mike Hudlow, Senior Vice-President of Engineering and Construction for Darling-North America, provided an update on the facility’s progress during a phone interview on Thursday, June 14. “I was just down there in Grapeland earlier today,” he began. “The construction is going very well. We are very happy with the work of (construction firm)...Read More
Author: Will Johnson
By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter TEXAS – This Tuesday, June 19, marks the 153rd anniversary of Juneteenth. This was the date in 1865, when word of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached the state of Texas. It was nearly two and a half years after the U.S. abolishment of slavery in 1863, when Union Gen. Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation from a balcony in Galveston and African Americans in Texas were finally freed. Since then, the date has become an international day of celebration and was officially declared a state holiday in 1980. Today, a Juneteenth monument on the...Read More
Zeppelin Tribute Band Rocks Crockett By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – As the first chords of “Good Times, Bad Times” splintered the evening quiet of Crockett, it was evident this would be a fun night, a loud night and a night of “Rock N Roll.” For the second installment of the 2018 Summer Lightnin’ Concert Series, the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association (PWFAA) brought in a Led Zeppelin tribute band named – appropriately enough – “Whole Lotta Led.” The group managed to pull off the look and the sound of perhaps the greatest rock band ever assembled as...Read More
Court Addresses Bats in the Attic By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – During a meeting of the Houston County Commissioners Court, the Houston County Historical Commission (HCHC) was recognized for its efforts in preserving the history of the oldest county in the Republic of Texas. As the court session began, County Judge Jim Lovell informed the gallery the HCHC had been honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission. The judge requested HCHC representatives Wanda Jordan and Cynthia Kennedy to come forward and receive the award. “The reason we got this award is because...Read More
By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EAST TEXAS – The Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) and the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA) have released their selections for several postseason awards. At the conclusion of the UIL State Baseball Championship Tournaments, the THSBCA released its All-Tournament teams and the Class 1A State Champion Slocum Mustangs were well-represented with five players chosen to the squad. Slocum’s Austin Sarraf was chosen as the Class 1A Tournament’s MVP. He was on the All-Tournament team by teammates: Taylor Hunt at pitcher; Randy Guess at second base; Joseph Byrnes in the outfield; and Ben...Read More
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