Author: Will Johnson

Lady Mustangs Advance to Regional Finals

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter LOVELADY – The Slocum Lady Mustangs are one step away from sending a second team in 2017 to compete for a UIL Class 1A state championship. First, there was the Slocum Lady Mustangs basketball team that made it to the state semifinals – and now – following their 11-0 win over the Kennard Lady Tigers on Wednesday, the Lady Mustangs stand at the threshold of an invite to the state softball tournament. Jalyn Fletcher was in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Mustangs and held the Lady Tigers in check for five innings. Fletcher...

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Postponed!

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter LUFKIN – The Lovelady Lions opened a best-of-three series against the Shelbyville Dragons on Thursday, May 11 for the Area Championship. However, with the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth and the Lions at-bat, the game was postponed because of weather conditions. The game was scheduled to be completed on Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m., with game 2 set to start 30 minutes after its conclusion. Unfortunately, as of press time, the scores for games 1 and 2 were not available. If necessary, game 3 is scheduled for Saturday,...

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Child Molester Sentenced to 50 Years in TDCJ

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter ANDERSON COUNTY – An Anderson County jury found 21-year-old Garrett Forester guilty of the felony offense of Continuous Sexual Assault of Children, and sentenced him to 50 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division. The jury returned its verdict on May 3 in the 349th District Court, with District Judge Pam Foster Fletcher presiding over the trial. The prosecution was represented by Anderson County Criminal District Attorney Allyson Mitchell and First Assistant Scott Holden. Forester was represented by Palestine-based attorney Colin McFall. A press release from the Anderson County D.A. stated Forester...

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Staring Down the Barrel of a Gun

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – A Grapeland woman was taken into custody earlier this week for brandishing and pointing a weapon at a Grapeland police officer in mid-April. Ashley Lanell Hanson-Hadley, 36, was booked into the Houston County Jail on Tuesday, May 9 on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant. An affidavit of probable cause, filed by Grapeland Police Department Lt. Ronnie Howell, indicated Hanson-Hadley’s arrest stemmed from an incident which occurred on April 13. According to the affidavit, Grapeland PD Officer Tyler Moore was dispatched to Hanson-Hadley’s residence at...

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Sandies Knocked From Playoffs by Yellow Jackets

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter WESTWOOD – For the second week in a row, a team from Grapeland traveled to Westwood to take on a team from Alto. Last week, the Lady Yellow Jackets defeated the Sandiettes in a one-game playoff by a score of 2-1 and knocked Grapeland out of the softball postseason. This week, Grapeland’s woes in Westwood continued as the Alto Yellow Jackets defeated the Sandies 2-1 in a best-of-three baseball series. In game one of the series, the Sandies drew first blood when Riley Chipman drew a walk from Yellow Jacket pitcher Hunter Bush. Chipman...

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