Author: Will Johnson

PWFAA Brings Satisfaction to Crockett

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – An English nobleman once said, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try – sometimes – you get what you need.” Such was the case in Crockett, on Thursday, June 15, as the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association featured a Rolling Stones tribute band known as “Satisfaction.” Like knights in shining armor in a crossfire hurricane, Mick, Keith, Bill, Ron and Charlie rode into Houston County on a herd of “Wild Horses” to bring an “Emotional Rescue” to the oldest county in Texas. Prior to the start of the...

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Bloecher Strings Academy to Host Violin Summer Camp

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – As the summer months approach, many area kids will attend a camp of some type. While the typical athletic, religious, adventure, etc. type of summer camps usually receive the most notice and participation, a type of camp new to the East Texas area will be held at the start of August. Alyna Bloecher, the Events Manager and Education Director, at the Bloecher Strings Academy, stopped by The Messenger offices earlier this week to discuss the upcoming event, known as the Crockett Violin Camp (CVC). “Between Aug. 3 and Aug. 5, we...

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Grapeland Housing Authority Hosts Emergency Preparedness Seminar

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – Even though Houston County is 150 miles away from the Gulf of Mexico, the potential of danger and damage from a hurricane is very real. The effects of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike can still be seen in areas of the county. The storms that ripped through Crockett last month left a path of destruction on E. Loop 304 in Crockett. Fortunately, the damage was limited and no one suffered any major injuries. There is no question the weather in East Texas is unpredictable and while it’s a safe bet to say...

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GISD Board Receives Legislative Update

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – In one of his last official acts as the Grapeland ISD Superintendent, Gregg Spivey provided the GISD Board of Trustees with several items for their consideration. Spivey has announced he will retire at the end of this month. Current Grapeland Elementary Principal Don Jackson will take over the district’s top spot on July 1. The Monday, June 12 meeting was opened by Board President Eddie Childress who yielded the floor to Spivey for his report. After informing the trustees the next meeting would be held on July 17, the superintendent gave an...

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April Statewide Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at Five Percent

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EAST TEXAS – The April unemployment rate in Texas held steady despite the addition of 30,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. The state has also added jobs in 24 of the last 25 months, according to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The TWC released its monthly unemployment statistics for April 2017 on Friday, May 19 and the data showed the state’s unemployment rate holding steady at five percent from March to April. The April 2017 mark was, however, slightly higher than the April 2016 unemployment rate which came in at 4.6 percent....

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