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Author: Will Johnson

Am. Legion Proposes Wall Honoring First Responders

Commissioners Table Proposed Tax Rate Am. Legion Proposes Wall Honoring First Responders By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – It may be back to the drawing board as Houston County continues with its budget preparation. During a meeting of the Commissioners Court of Houston County, held on Tuesday Aug. 9, an agenda item to approve the proposed tax rate of 0.54190 was tabled after it was discovered pension/retirement plans for retired employees would cost more than anticipated. Houston County Auditor Melissa Mosley explained the matter to the court and said the county’s current plan would cause the tax...

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CWSC Accused of Price Gouging

CWSC Accused of Price Gouging By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – The past issues of the Consolidated Water Supply Corporation (CWSC) have been well documented over the past year and seemed to have settled down from a boil to a simmer. During the Tuesday, Aug. 9 meeting of the CWSC Board of Directors, however, the heat was turned up to 10 as a local businessman alleged the corporation in general – and specifically CWSC Manger Sherry Reed – had engaged in price gouging. As the meeting got underway, the first agenda items concerned customer complaints. The initial...

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Together At Last!

Together At Last! Ground and Air Ambulance Services Launch New Membership Program By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter   CROCKETT – A new partnership has come to fruition in Houston County in order better protect area residents in times of emergency. On Friday morning, Aug. 12, Houston County EMS and air rescue crews rolled out a membership program open to all residents of the oldest county in Texas. The cost of membership in the program is an affordable $115 per year and covers all members of a household. As people from all over the county descended on the Crockett Civic...

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Grapeland Council Approves Proposed Tax Rate

Grapeland Council Approves Proposed Tax Rate Taxes Go Up, But Barely By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – The proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 tax rate for the City of Grapeland was discussed during the most recent meeting of the Grapeland City Council held on Tuesday, Aug. 10. The city has a current tax rate of 0.609987 per $100 of property valuation. Mayor Balis Dailey informed the council, “We have the effective rate and it has been established by the (Houston County) Appraisal District. That number that you see has been improved through the adjustments they do.” Mayor Dailey...

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10:47 PM CDT on August 29, 2017
7:00 AM CDT on July 30, 2018
Monday 07/16 10%
High 100° / Low 73°
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Tuesday 07/17 10%
High 100° / Low 74°
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Wednesday 07/18 10%
High 100° / Low 75°
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