Author: Will Johnson

Sandies Top Mustangs in Pitchers’ Duel

Grapeland Slips by Slocum, 3-2 By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter   SLOCUM – The Grapeland Sandies travelled to Slocum on Tuesday afternoon for a District 21-2A baseball game and slipped out of the Mustangs’ corral with a 3-2 win. The game was tight throughout as both teams showcased their pitchers. Colton Peters got the start for the Mustangs while Austin Driskell got the nod for the Sandies. Driskell led off the game for Grapeland with a single and managed to work his way to third after Cameron Navarette struck out swinging and Case Boyd grounded into a 1-3 force....

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Sandiettes Stay Hot in District Play

Grapeland Bashes Latexo, 13-1 By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter   GRAPELAND – On a sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon, the Grapeland Sandiettes hosted the Latexo Lady Tigers in a District 21-AA softball matchup. It was a clash between two teams going in opposite directions as the Sandiettes entered the contest with a 3-0 record in district play while the Lady Tigers came into the game with an 0-2 district mark. The trends continued as Grapeland put together an eight-run first inning on Tuesday as they coasted to a 13-1 win over Latexo. Cadie Belle Currie was in the pitcher’s circle for...

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TABC All Region/All State Teams Released

Several Area Hoopsters Recognized By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter  EAST TEXAS – The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) has released its All-Region and All-State teams and the squads feature several local players. At the All-State level, Slocum Lady Mustang Jessi Ives was selected to the Girls’ Class 1A All-State team while Grapeland Sandie BJ Lamb was selected to the Boys’ Class 2A All-State team. Ives – a senior guard – was listed at 5’-5,” but played much bigger than her stature throughout hercareer on the hardwood as she helped lead the Lady Mustangs to back-to-back State Semifinal games....

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Democratic Party Chair Calls for Resignation of Crockett Mayor

“I’m not a racist. That’s what they’re accusing me of.” – Mayor Clonts By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – On Tuesday, March 13, Crockett Mayor Joni Clonts was contacted concerning Houston County Democratic Chair Sharon Berry’s remarks at the previous night’s city council meeting. “I think she (Berry) is just looking for something,” said Clonts, who also serves as the Houston County Republican Chair. Asked specifically about a picture circulated at the city council meeting, Clonts said the picture was taken several years ago at her business. “Somebody had this monkey taxidermied,” Clonts said. “They brought it in...

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He Said/She Said Felony Assault

Video of Beating Leads to Arrest By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – A video which first appeared on Facebook on Friday, March 9, has led to the arrest of a suspect for assaulting a disabled individual. An affidavit of probable cause filed on the matter indicated a complainant came by the Crockett Police Department “… to report that her disabled brother was assaulted by a female known as Justine (legally identified as Justin Nauls.)” The affidavit indicated the complainant showed Crockett Police Detective Leea Price “… a Facebook video that shows Justin – aka Justine – hitting (the...

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