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Author: Will Johnson

Search Warrant Leads to Meth Bust

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – A search warrant was executed on a motorhome west of Grapeland in the pre-dawn hours of April 14 which led to the arrest of two individuals on drug possession charges. Jamie Lynn Driskell, 39, and Amanda Michelle Watson, 35, were taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance – penalty group one – in an amount greater than four grams but less than 200 grams. According to a warrantless arrest probable cause statement, “… investigators with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 2066 FM 2423...

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Sunday Night Crash Claims Life of Driver

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – A late night crash on Easter Sunday claimed the life of a one person, according to a statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety. The wreck occurred at approximately 11 p.m. on FM 227 near San Pedro Creek. According to the DPS preliminary investigation report, a 2000 Buick was traveling westbound on FM 227 when it left the roadway, struck a tree and burst into flames with the driver still inside. The driver’s identity has not been released as of press time and an autopsy has been ordered. An investigation...

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Grapeland City Council Receives Report on FY 2016-2017

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter  GRAPELAND – Grapeland Mayor Balis Dailey addressed the Grapeland City Council about the city’s status during Fiscal Year 2016-2017 during a lengthy, regularly scheduled meeting of the council held on Monday, April 11. As he began, Daily outlined four critical areas for the success of the city. “One is on the economic view of our vision as to where we are going as a community. We need an industrial strategy which we have underway. Number two is we have retail. On retail, there is not a lot we can do. We have lost three...

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Huester’s Grand Slam Helps Power Lions Past Tigers

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter LOVELADY – The Lovelady Lions used a six run fifth inning capped off by Brett Huester’s grand slam to power past the Centerville Tigers and tightened their grip on first place in District 21-2A. The Lions trailed 2-1 as the game entered the bottom of the fifth inning with the top of the lineup coming to the plate. Chad Fulgham led-off and was called out on a swinging third strike from Centerville’s Hunter Free. After the first out, Free began to struggle from the mound. He walked Blake Johnson on five pitches, Hunter Murray...

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Lady Tigers Hold off Lady Lions, 6-4

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter LOVELADY – The Neches Lady Tigers scored four runs in the first inning and two in the seventh to hold off the Lovelady Lady Lions, 6-4, and tightened things up in the playoff race. Neches started the game off strong as they plated four runs off of Makayla White in the top of the first inning. Hannah Lovelady led things off for Neches with a single to center and moved to second on a single from Sheridan Andrews. Lovelady and Andrews advanced to third and second on a passed ball and Lovelady crossed the...

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