Author: Will Johnson

Wearing Out the Roads

EMS Puts on the Miles Saving Lives By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – When Timberlands Healthcare abruptly pulled out of Crockett last year, a void was created for health care in Houston County. Houston County EMS, however, made it clear they were not going to go anywhere. Since the hospital closure, the EMS crews have worked tirelessly to transport patients in need of medical care to places like Palestine, Huntsville, Tyler, Bryan Dallas and Houston. “Every transport now has to go outside the county,” Houston County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator Roger Dickey explained. “This means...

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LISD Board Approves Superintendent’s Evaluation/Contract

Election Scheduled for May 5 By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter LATEXO – After over four hours in executive session, the Latexo Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the renewal of LISD Superintendent Dr. Stacy Easterly’s contract. The contract approval, along with several other items of business, were addressed during a regularly scheduled meeting of the board which began on Jan. 18 and concluded on Jan. 19. The meeting began at 6 p.m. with an appreciation dinner for the board to help celebrate School Board Appreciation Month. Following the dinner, the board convened in regular session to deliberate on...

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HCHD Board Hoping for Mid-Spring Hospital Re-opening

Orders of Election Approved By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – While the recent sub-freezing temperatures might indicate otherwise, the spring season is just around the corner. It has been said spring symbolizes new life and during the Houston County Hospital District (HCHD) Board of Directors held on Tuesday, Jan. 16, it now appears as if the coming of spring will breathe new life into the Houston County hospital. “This is not the final document that means the hospital is opening,” HCHD Board President Deborah Blackwell said as she displayed a document to those in attendance. “This is...

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Third Suspect Arrested in Lake Side Food Store Burglary

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – A third suspect in the 2017 burglary of the Lake Side Food Mart, in Ratcliff, was taken into custody by Houston County law enforcement officials on Monday, Jan. 15 and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. Thirty-year-old Jessica Arredonda-Cepeda was booked into custody for her alleged role in a string of burglaries after she was caught on video exiting one of the vehicles used in the crime. According to an affidavit of probable cause, the Ratcliff burglary was very similar to other recent burglaries in the area. In addition, surveillance...

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Sandiettes Breeze by Lady Tigers, 81-19

Grapeland Moves to 4-0 in District 20-AA By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter LATEXO – The Grapeland Sandiettes breezed into Latexo on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 17 and walked out of the Tiger Cage with a convincing 81-19 win over the Lady Tigers. The game was moved to Wednesday because of weather-related issues on Tuesday. Regardless of the day of the week, when the Sandiettes hit the court, they showed why they’re ranked in the top 10 of Class AA teams in the state. Grapeland opened up a 27-8 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. The...

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