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Author: Will Johnson

Vulcraft Accepting Supplies for Hurricane Assistance

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – The employees of Vulcraft – a Division of Nucor – have stepped to help sponsor relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. According to Grapeland Noon Lions Club Secretary Laura Walling, “Donnis Collins, with Nucor, has contacted the Lions Club asking that we join their effort in collecting storm relief supplies.” Walling stated Collins “… has contacted several other area clubs and churches suggesting we have a combined effort rather than doing different things.  Nucor has acquired a cargo container to collect supplies and will ship it to Montgomery County this...

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2017 Week 0 Preview

By Chris Boothe Messenger Sports It’s that time of year, as the grass is cut and the lines are painted. Football season is back across much of the state of Texas. Unfortunately, that isn’t the entire state as the devastating effects from Hurricane Harvey have wreaked havoc across the state and caused cancellations and postponements across the state. Here is a look of the games scheduled, as well as cancelled. Also, please follow The Messenger on Facebook for any further scheduling updates. . Grapeland Sandies (0-0, 0-0) vs. Lovelady Lions (0-0, 0-0) Friday, Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. Sandies Stadium,...

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“When Houston Asked for Help, Grapeland Showed Up”

Local Residents Help Hurricane Victims By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – As the extent of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey began to be seen, many volunteers from the Houston County area hooked up to their boat trailers and started to migrate south towards the treacherous conditions to offer their assistance, wherever it might be needed. One of the many brave volunteers was Grapeland resident Jerry “Bubba” Sullivan. When he was asked about his experience, he initially declined to speak with The Messenger, but later said this wasn’t done for any type of recognition or reward. He stressed he...

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Trail Drive in a Hurricane

Time to Cowboy Up By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter DAYTON – In the days of the Old West, it was not uncommon to witness a herd of cattle being ushered through the streets of a city by a group of cowboys. Nowadays, the closest most people come to a cattle drive is when they stop by the Stockyards in Ft. Worth. Extraordinary events often call for extraordinary measures, however. When Hurricane Harvey made landfall over the weekend, most people either had left the area around Houston or decided to ride out the Category 4 hurricane. Farmers and ranchers around...

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Houston County Helps Out

Volunteers Head Towards Coastal Areas  By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – Most people turn the other way instead of heading into a dangerous situation. Some carry on like no danger exists and still others head right into the teeth of a hurricane. Such was the case for four nursing home employees from Houston County who traveled to Texas City  and Cuero last week before Hurricane Harvey made landfall. On Monday afternoon, Aug. 28, Winfield Activities Director Kim Canada spoke about the experience she and three other brave volunteers had while lending a helping hand in the face...

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