Growth Continues for Grapeland in 2018 By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – Given the current state of health care in Houston County, the importance of opening a medical facility in the oldest county in Texas cannot be overstated. With the aforementioned real-time scenario as a backdrop, the city of Grapeland scored a coup of sorts when it was announced an urgent care facility would be opened at the former nursing home facility located on Church Street in Grapeland. On Thursday afternoon, Jan. 4 – Dick McNairy and Joe Tumalad, NP (nurse practitioner) – stopped by The Messenger offices...Read More
Author: Will Johnson
Crime and Punishment By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON and ANDERSON COUNTIES – The year of 2017 saw its fair share of crime and criminal activity but – for the most part of the past year – it was the court system which garnered the attention. Several high-profile cases in both Houston and Anderson Counties reached their conclusion as verdicts were handed down in the court proceedings. In Houston County, the trials of Robert David Mobley and James Eddie Henderson got underway in late summer. Mobley and Henderson had been charged with aggravated kidnapping directly connected to the 2015 death...Read More
Nine of 20 Disclosed Indictments Drug Related By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – A total of 20 indictments were returned by the Houston County Grand Jury when they met on Tuesday, Dec. 19 according to information from the Houston County District Attorney’s Office. Of the 20 indictments handed down, nine were drug related. Highlighting the other 12 was the indictment of the suspect in the Aug. 1 bank robbery of Citizens National Bank in Crockett. Former Crockett resident Leon Tran confessed to robbing the bank after he was taken into custody without incident at a home in...Read More
Illegal Dumping, Waste Service Providers Discussed By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – A relatively short meeting of the Houston County Commissioners Court was held on Thursday, Jan. 4 and the court session was highlighted by a discussion on trash. Following the disposal of several agenda items, the court was addressed by Precinct One Constable Morris Luker as part of his environmental report. “I hope I’ve got some illegal dumping stopped up in Commissioner (Gary) Lovell’s precinct. I served a warrant yesterday and he confessed to doing some illegal dumping around Jan. 1,” the constable said. Luker said...Read More
District Play Begins Next Week By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – Coming off of a less than stellar performance in the Houston County Tournament, the Grapeland Sandies were looking to get back into the W column. The Douglass Indians, unfortunately for them, were up next game on the schedule and the Sandies hammered them by a final score of 66-27. Grapeland limited the Douglass team to single digits in every quarter and prevented any single player on the Indians’ roster from reaching double digits in scoring. The Sandies put their stamp on the game immediately as they raced...Read More
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