Author: Will Johnson

Latexo ISD Puts Time Back on the Clock

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter LATEXO – In 2015, the State of Texas changed its attendance requirements for public schools. The state had previously required 180 days of attendance during the school year. Under this policy, many districts rewarded both students and faculty with shortened days, especially on Fridays. The 2015-2016 school year, however, saw implementation of a new attendance policy. Instead of the previous 180 day requirement, the Texas Legislature installed an attendance protocol based on minutes, not days. The new policy stated a school must provide a minimum of 75,600 minutes of instruction per year. The 75,600...

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Lovelady Thumps Latexo

Lady Lions Defeat Lady Tigers, 64-36 By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter LATEXO – District play is well under way for the girls in District 20-AA and on Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Latexo Lady Tigers welcomed the Lovelady Lady Lions to Latexo for a district match-up. While the Lady Tigers knew the Lady Lions were coming for a visit, the opening half of the game seemed as if Latexo was caught by surprise when Lovelady entered the gym. The Lady Lions were red hot from the field while the Lady Tigers were ice cold. Latexo only scored three points in...

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One Hundred Dozen Eggs

Floyd Salmon Passes Away By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – On Saturday, Jan. 6, the world of bluegrass music in general and Houston County/Grapeland specifically, lost a true icon with the passing of Floyd Oliver Salmon, 84. Floyd was a man of action and served in the United States Army when he was younger. He put the work ethic and discipline, learned from the military, to work after he left the service as he worked in the construction, billboard and house-moving fields. Every town has its elders. The men and women who seem to keep things going in...

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State School Property Transfer Still on Hold

Crockett Garbage Rates to Increase By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – The transfer of ownership of the former Crockett State School property remains on hold following a Crockett City Council meeting held on Monday, Jan. 8. Once the meeting was underway, Crockett ISD Superintendent Terry Myers requested to call a joint meeting between the CISD Board of Trustees and the Crockett City Council to order. Mayor Joni Clonts gave the go ahead and CISD Board President Lela Wheeler did so but then immediately adjourned the CISD portion of the meeting citing a “… lack of information and a...

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2017: The Year in Review

City Government By Will Johnson  Messenger Reporter  EAST TEXAS – City government – at its best – is the closest form to a true democracy as exists, right now. There are no political affiliations on the ballot and a vote here or there really does matter. Water, sewage, streets, police and fire are often handled by the government of the city in which you reside. Sometimes things go smooth and sometimes the road gets a little bumpy as the various mayors and city council members try to administer the operations of their respective municipalities. In Grapeland, two new members...

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