Author: Will Johnson

HCHD Presented with Petition to Raise Taxes

Public Hearing Slated for Aug. 21 By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – In a story akin to the Infamous “Man Bites Dog” tale, the Houston County Hospital District (HCHD) has been presented with a petition to explore the possibility of authorizing a significant tax hike. According to information provided by HCHD Board President Deborah Porth Blackwell, the board received a petition on Aug.10, signed by over 100 registered voters in the HCHD. The petition  requested “… an election under Texas Health Safety Code 285.231 to authorize the increase of the maximum tax rate of Houston County Hospital...

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Tres Chiles Set to Open Next Week

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – A new restaurant is expected to make its debut next week in Grapeland and based on the initial reviews, it looks like the Queen City of the Sand Flats may soon have another destination spot for culinary aficionados in Houston County. Tres Chiles, located at 140 S. Main St. in Grapeland, will open its doors to the public on Aug. 22 after two successful trial runs on Sunday, Aug. 13 and Monday Aug. 14. Proprietor Oscar Rojas explained he is a pastor with friends in both Crockett and Grapeland. “They told me...

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Darling Ingredients Inc. Announces Grapeland Location

Much Needed Boost for Local Economy By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – After months of negotiations involving the City of Grapeland and the Grapeland Economic Development Corporation (GEDC), it was announced on Thursday, Aug. 10, a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange would be locating a facility in the Queen City of the Sand Flats. “Darling Ingredients, Inc. (NYSE: DAR), a global developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, is excited to announce its plan to open a poultry conversion facility in Grapeland, Texas,” according to Melissa Gaither, Vice President...

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A Heartbeat in Healthcare is Heard

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – At the end of June, healthcare in Houston County was on life support after Timberlands Healthcare closed its doors. Just when it seemed like healthcare was about to be taken off life support and the Do Not Resuscitate directive enacted, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Francis announced they would be coming to Crockett in the near future.   The prognosis of healthcare in Houston County was even further upgraded when it was announced The Heart Institute of East Texas would be locating a medical facility in Crockett.  In a press release from The Heart Institute,...

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Congressman Kevin Brady Hosts Crockett Town Hall

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – With the U.S. Congress on their annual summer break, U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R – The Woodlands) stopped by the Moosehead Café in Crockett on Wednesday, Aug. 9 for a town hall meeting with local constituents. Brady represents the 8th Congressional District of Texas which includes all of Montgomery, Walker, Houston, San Jacinto, Trinity, Grimes, Madison, and parts of Leon and Harris counties. He also serves as the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The congressman began by addressing healthcare reform efforts underway in Washington,...

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