Author: Will Johnson

Ellen Trout Zoo Hosting ‘Zoo Boo’ Event this Weekend

By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor LUFKIN  – If you are looking for something fun and Halloween-oriented to do with the kids or grandkids this weekend, the Ellen Trout Zoo and Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo will host the annual “Zoo Boo” event this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21 from 6 to 8 p.m. “It would be a fun, family event, a wonderful family environment to see the zoo in a new light after dark. There will be tiki torches all around. A whole lot of new experiences and lots of trick or treating and things to do,”...

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Carnival Attracts Large Thursday Night Crowd

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – The 2017 Peanut Festival is underway! A bonfire on Wednesday night, Oct. 11 officially kicked off the festivities and was followed by Family Night at the Grapeland City Park on Thursday, Oct. 12. As the day faded to night on Thursday, Peanut Festival attendees began to descend on the Grapeland City Park. The smells of cotton candy, peanuts and corndogs wafted through the darkening skies’ air and did battle with the sounds of laughter and shrieks of thrills for air space. As visitors to the park wandered about the midway, one little...

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Light it Up!

Sandie Pride Burns Bright By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter  GRAPELAND – It has been said that Sandie Pride Never Dies (SPND) and on Wednesday night, Oct. 11, Sandie Pride was on full display as a throng of Grapeland Sandie fans gathered outside of Sandie Stadium for the homecoming bonfire. For the first time since the late 1990s / early 2000s, the sky over the stadium was aflame with a maroon (okay – orange) glow representing a burning desire to beat the Overton Mustangs on homecoming this Friday, Oct. 14. Hundreds of fans, band members, cheerleaders, coaches and football players...

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Stoplight Concerns Addressed at Grapeland City Council

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – During the Grapeland City Council meeting held on Oct. 10, Grapeland resident June Springfield voiced her concerns over the flashing light at the intersection of Market Street (Bus. Hwy. 287) and Chestnut Street. (FM 227). Springfield said she had noticed drivers along Chestnut Street had a tendency to speed and it was endangering children who walked home from school. “What I’m suggesting – or proposing – is that we make this light be able to turn and use the area as a cross walk by pushing a button. It doesn’t have to...

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Suitors Line Up for old State School Property

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – With the recent closure of Houston Serenity Place – Crockett, the old state school facility located at 1701 SW Loop 304 in Crockett is without a tenant, yet again. When the state school closed in late 2011, it sat empty for nearly three years. Cornerstone Programs moved into the facility in mid-2014, but because of a political backlash led by State Sen. John Whitmire (D – Houston), Cornerstone was closed before it even had a chance to get off the ground. Once again, the state school sat empty for another two years...

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