Author: Will Johnson

The Fee at the Festival

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – During a meeting of the Grapeland City Council held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, local resident Bobby Jackson voiced his opinion about the proposed admittance fee to the 2018 Peanut Festival. “My problem is – I’m up here about something I read in The Messenger about the Chamber of Commerce wanting to start charging admission to come to the Peanut Festival. I am strictly against that,” Jackson said. He said when the Jaycees had a chapter in Grapeland some 45 years ago “… we worked our rear ends off to buy that property....

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HCFA Begins to Eye 2018 Fair Plans

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – The Houston County Fair Association (HCFA) is already busily preparing for the 2018 Houston County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and continued that process during their monthly meeting held on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Following the approval of the minutes and financial reports provided by Asst. Secretary/Treasurer Rhonda Flasowski, the first order of business was an update on sale income. President Scott Moore indicated the current outstanding balance due to the HCFA for the 2017 fair was $4,381.60 and from the 2016 fair, the balance was $310. The next item pertained to...

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New Hunting and Fishing Regulations for 2017 – 2018

TPW Releases Season Opening Dates By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EAST TEXAS – As the year rolls on, new hunting and fishing regulations are set to take effect on Sept. 1. While not the bevy of new laws normally offered up to the outdoorsman, there are several new laws fishermen and hunters need to be aware of. In the area of coastal fisheries, Texas modified harvest regulations for certain offshore species to be in line with federal rules. The changes are: The minimum length for scalloped, smooth and great hammerhead sharks is 99 inches, total length. The minimum length...

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CWSC Announces New Leadership

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter  HOUSTON COUNTY – It has been said, “You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.” For the last few years, it seems like the Consolidated Water Supply Corporation (CWSC) has been slowly drowning in a sea of allegations pertaining to financial improprieties and poor corporate management. That may be about to change as the CWSC Board of Directors announced the unanimous decision to hire two new managers to improve the water supply district during a meeting held on Tuesday, Aug. 8. According to a press release, Amber Stelly “…...

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