Author: Will Johnson

Latexo ISD Extends Superintendent’s Contract

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter LATEXO –Latexo Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Stacy Easterly’s contract was extended through 2020 following a positive evaluation during a meeting of the Latexo ISD Board of Trustees held on Thursday, Jan. 26. At the conclusion of a two hour executive session to discuss the superintendent’s evaluation and to consider contract options, the LISD board reconvened in open session to provide their recommendations. A motion was made by LISD Board Secretary Bobbie Jo Frizzell to “… approve the superintendent’s evaluation as presented.” The motion was seconded by board member Kelly Nicol and passed unanimously....

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Holiday Shopping Spree Results in Felony Charges for Crockett Woman 

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – A Crockett female faces additional charges for fraud and forgery after she was arrested at the end of 2016 for illegal drug distribution along with several counts of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information items. Christina Ann Evans, 38, was arrested on Jan. 29 and charged with three counts of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information items as well as one count of forgery of a financial instrument. According to the first of several affidavits of probable cause, Evans’ recent arrest stemmed from incidents in November and December of 2016....

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December Statewide Unemployment Holds Steady at 4.6 Percent

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EAST TEXAS – The December unemployment rate in Texas held steady as the Lone Star State’s economy added 800 non-farm jobs during the month. The state has also added jobs in 20 of the last 21 months, according to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) released its monthly unemployment statistics for December 2016 on Friday, Jan. 20 and the data showed the state’s unemployment rate staying at the same 4.6 percent mark posted in November of 2016. In addition, the December mark was the same as the...

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Comptroller to Send Jan. Sales Tax Allocations to Cities and Counties                          

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter  EAST TEXAS – Area cities and counties will soon receive their January sales tax revenue disbursements from the state. “The cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio continue to see significant increases in sales tax allocations. The cities of Houston and Sugar Land saw noticeable decreases in sales tax allocations,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar stated in a press release dated Jan. 11. Hegar will send local sales tax allocations for December in the amount of $647.4 million to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts. According to the comptroller’s office,...

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Sandies Dominate Indians, 79-31

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – The Grapeland Sandies were fresh off their most difficult test in District 20-2A competition when they welcomed the Groveton Indians to Grapeland on Friday night, Jan. 27. The Sandies had defeated the Big Sandy Wildcats on earlier in the week by a score of 65-49 and up through Tuesday’s game, had averaged a 33 point margin of victory so far in district competition. The Sandies upped that average, somewhat, following their 48 point beat down of the Groveton Indians on Friday night. The Sandies defense was on display early in the game...

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