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    March Statewide Unemployment Increases to Five Percent

March Statewide Unemployment Increases to Five Percent

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EAST TEXAS – The March unemployment rate in Texas increased slightly despite the Lone Star State’s economy addition of 9,500 non-farm jobs during the month. The state has also added jobs in 23 of the last 24 months, according to data released by the Texas

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    Feliz Cinco de Mayo

Feliz Cinco de Mayo

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter TEXAS – Friday marks the fifth of May, or what has come to be known as Cinco de Mayo. Celebrations, fiestas, and extravagant parades will be held throughout the state of Texas and the nation. However, the question remains, what are people celebrating on May 5?

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    Comptroller to Send April Sales Tax Allocations to Cities and Counties

Comptroller to Send April Sales Tax Allocations to Cities and Counties

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EAST TEXAS – Area cities and counties will soon receive their April sales tax revenue disbursements from the state. In a press release dated April 12, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar stated, “The cities of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin saw noticeable increases in sales

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    Sandie Band Holds Spring Concert

Sandie Band Holds Spring Concert

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon! The Grapeland Sandie Band held its year end concert on Sunday, April 23 and treated the Grapeland community to a double header from the sixth and seventh grade band and the combined Grades 8-12

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    February Statewide Unemployment Increases to 4.9 Percent

February Statewide Unemployment Increases to 4.9 Percent

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EAST TEXAS – The February unemployment rate in Texas increased slightly despite the Lone Star State’s economy addition of 6,700 non-farm jobs during the month. The state has also added jobs in 22 of the last 23 months, according to data released by the Texas

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    January Statewide Unemployment Holds Steady at 4.8 Percent

January Statewide Unemployment Holds Steady at 4.8 Percent

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EAST TEXAS – The January unemployment rate in Texas held steady as the Lone Star State’s economy added 51,300 non-farm jobs during the month. The state has also added jobs in 21 of the last 22 months, according to data released by the Texas Workforce

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    Shining a Light on the Sex Trade

Shining a Light on the Sex Trade

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – When a person thinks of sleepy little East Texas towns, the first thoughts they have are often of Friday night football, hunting, fishing, family and friends. Very seldom do the flashing lights, pulsating music and brass poles of a strip club come to

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    Step Right Up – Free Money for All!

Step Right Up – Free Money for All!

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – With the ongoing discussions of how to best “fix” the public school system in Texas by Texas lawmakers, one area which has received more than its fair share of attention is the voucher system. Several area superintendents have voiced their opinions on the

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    Boil Water Notice

Boil Water Notice

The City of Grapeland has rescinded the “Boil Water Advisory” as of Feb. 9th.

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    ETMC Sued By Feds

ETMC Sued By Feds

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EAST TEXAS – The United States government has joined in a lawsuit against East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare Systems, Inc. “… alleging, among other things, violations of the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute,” according to a press release from the Department of

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