Author: Will Johnson

BREAKING NEWS: Timberlands Healthcare Future in Jeopardy

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – The future of Timberlands Healthcare is in doubt after Little River Healthcare announced today it would end its affiliation with the Houston County health care provider. Little River is the managing healthcare organization for Timberlands Healthcare in Crockett. In a phone conversation with Little River Healthcare Co-Owner and Chief Legal Officer Ryan Downton, the CLO confirmed the separation would occur at the end of June. He explained the company was struggling with recouping insurance claims from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “This is for the whole Little River Healthcare System. We...

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Vulcraft Hosts Congressman Kevin Brady

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – The employees of Vulcraft, a division of Nucor, welcomed U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX 8) to the Grapeland steel plant on Monday, June 19 for a town hall meeting. Brady is the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and represents a large portion of the East Texas area, including Houston County, in Washington, D.C. Following an introduction from Vulcraft General Manager Kevin Barksdale, Brady expressed his appreciation to those in attendance for the warm reception he was given. As he began, the congressman informed the employees of the steel plant...

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Gunfire Erupts on Juneteenth Morning

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – Before the Juneteenth Parade and Celebration, officers with the Crockett Police Department were dispatched to the 1100 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in reference to a report of gunshots. According to a press release from Lt. Clayton Smith, when the CPD officers arrived at the scene they were informed an altercation between two men had escalated to the point where one of the individuals involved pulled out a handgun and began to shoot at the other person involved in the altercation. “During the investigation it was determined that Tyrell Dshawn...

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Part Two: Budget Axe Falls in Grapeland

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – After several budget workshops, an executive session, a city council meeting and two public hearings, the City Council of Grapeland adopted a balanced budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 on Thursday, June 15 by a vote of 4-1. Councilman Will Watson cast the dissenting vote. And while the budget may be balanced, decreased revenue streams, poor bond management, a crumbling infrastructure and other mitigating factors forced the council to take drastic measures to keep the city afloat. Even though all departments were affected, the budget axe fell hardest on two areas in particular....

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Reynolds Receives Richard Wallrath Scholarship

Special to the Messenger On June 8th Stevie Reynolds of the Grapeland FFA competed in the final round of the State FFA Scholarship Interviews which was held at Tarleton State University. Stevie received the Richard Wallrath FFA scholarship of $10,000.00. Stevie will receive the scholarship during the State FFA Convention July 9th-14th in Corpus Christi. Stevie will be attending Angelina College in the fall pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Nursing....

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