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Author: Will Johnson

Sandiettes Breeze by Lady Bulldogs, 13-0

Win Moves Grapeland into Regional Finals By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter LONGVIEW – The Avery Lady Bulldogs had a chance to change the outcome of their 13-0 blowout loss to the Grapeland Sandiettes in the first inning but failed to take advantage of their opportunity. As a result, the Sandiettes scored two in the first, three in the second, seven in the third and one in the fourth on their way to a 13-0 drubbing of the Lady Bulldogs. Cadie Belle Currie was in the pitcher’s circle for the Sandiettes and looked a little shaky in the first inning....

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Securing Our Schools

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – In the wake of the Santa Fe High School tragedy on the morning of Friday, May 18, questions were raised concerning the safety of students and staff in Houston County schools. On such short notice, several of the area superintendents were unavailable for comment, however, Grapeland ISD Superintendent Don Jackson indicated while he could not speak for any district other than Grapeland, he believed most of the ISDs were taking a very proactive approach to securing their schools. “We just had an active shooter training which was very enlightening to our...

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New Board Members Sworn-in to HCHD

New Slate of Officers Elected By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – The Houston County Hospital District (HCHD) Board of Directors has a new look to it after two new members were sworn-in and officers were elected during a meeting held on Tuesday, May 15. As the meeting began, outgoing HCHD Board President Deborah Porth Blackwell read a prepared statement to those in attendance. “The ballot proposition to lift the 15 cent cap on our tax rate set in 1989 – with the creation of the hospital district – was rejected by the voters. As we stated before...

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Lottery Pays Off with Jail Time

Over $47,000 in Lottery Tickets Allegedly Stolen By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – A 25-year-old Crockett woman is in jail after she allegedly stole over $47,000 in lottery tickets from the Wal-Mart Fuel Center. Jasmine Renee Wiley was arrested on Thursday, May 17 and charged with theft of property in an amount greater than $30,000 but less than $150,000. The arrest stemmed from a theft investigation conducted by Walmart investigators at the Crockett store. According to an affidavit of probable cause, “The property stolen and investigated consists of Texas Lottery Ticket printouts that were taken during the shift...

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Crockett City Council Accepts 2017 Fiscal Audit

Council Members Sworn In By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – As the May 14 Crockett City Council meeting got underway, the first item of business concerned the canvassing of the May 5 election returns. The results of the election showed Precinct Three Councilman Ernest Jackson an d Precinct Four Councilperson Marquita Beasley were both unopposed. While Mayor Pro Tem Mike Marsh defeated Dr. Ianthia Fisher in the race for Precinct Five by a margin of 177 votes to 88 votes. A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept the canvass. Following the canvass, City Administrator John Angerstein...

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Wednesday 05/23 20%
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