Year in Review
Houston County Courier - December/January 2007
By Daphne Hereford
As the end of 2007 rapidly approaches and the beginning of a new-year is merely days away, the Courier begins a review of notable events of the past 12 months.
The year’s events envoked nearly every emotion imaginable to many including joy, sadness, sympathy, fear, anger, anticipation and apathy.
The first installment of the year-in-review will consist of January – March, with April – June to follow. The third installment will include July - September.
The final installment will take a candid look at October – December.
The year began on Monday, Jan. 1 with Houston County Court at Law Judge Sarah Clark administering the oath of office to several newly elected county officials including Houston County Judge Lonnie Hunt, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Clyde Black, County Treasurer Dina Herrera, District Clerk Pam Rains, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Kathy Bush, Commissioner Precinct 4 Kennon Kellum, County clerk Bridget Lamb, County Surveyor Chili Hodges. Commissioner Precinct 2 Willie Kitchen was not present for the ceremony. Justice of the Peace Bush administered the oath of office to Judge Clark.
Firefighters from several area departments battle a Thursday, Jan. 11 blaze on PR 6255 just outside FM 229about five miles northeast of Crockett. The fire ultimately destroyed three manufactured homes.
Freezing temperatures gripped the area for several days and on Wednesday, Jan. 17 rain quickly turned in to sleet and ice on the roadways.
Two men, Clint Lester Brimberry and John Delows Lehmann are arrested by Houston County Sheriff's office and charged in connection with the Thursday, Jan. 18 bomb threat at the Houston County Courthouse.
A second Houston County family receives news of death of Marine Cpl. Jacob H. Neal who was killed on Friday, Jan. 19 by an improvised explosive device (IED) during a combat patrol in Anbar Province, Iraq while serving in the Marine Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 24th marine Regiment, 4th Marine division.
The "Tooth Fairy" visits students at Crockett elementary School on Friday, Feb, 2 as part of Dental Health Month.
The Jordan School hosts, for the fifth year, a cotillion ball on Friday, Feb. 2.
During the 25th Annual LoveFest Coronation held on Thursday evening, Feb. 8, Katherine Evans, a junior at Lovelady High School, is crowned 2007 queen.
Queen Liz Dowdy and King Sirshoune Pope begin their reign as the 2007 Kennard Homecoming Queen and King on Friday, Feb. 9.
The 25th Annual LoveFest is held on Saturday, Feb. 10 and attracts a large crowd who enjoyed the festivities, fellowship and attractions of the event.
On Thursday, Feb. 15, Crockett Economic and Industrial Development Executive Director Tim Culp announced plans for the construction of Houston county Technical-Vocational and Angelina College to be located in the Industrial Park on Loop 304.
Virginia Lewis is named citizen of the Year during the annual Crockett Area chamber of Commerce banquet held at the civic center on Saturday, Feb. 17.
The millworks division of Northcutt Woodworks owner Larry Christopher announces that the business would close in late February and that some 50 employees would be laid off.
Kennard Lady Tigers earn a return trip to the UIL state basketball tournament in Austin to defend their reign as Class A Div. II state champions.
Crockett Lady Bulldogs celebrate winning the Class 3A Region III championship and earning the teams first appearance in the UIL state tournament in Austin.
Grapeland Volunteer Fire Department responds to a house fire in the 200 block of Chestnut Street on Saturday, March 10 shortly after 5 p.m. the cause of the blaze was reportedly resistive heating in a power cord on a portable electric fan. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
U.S. 287 south is blocked for about an hour on Wednesday, March 14 as authorities removed an over-turned 18-wheeler and a load of pipe from the roadway. The accident occurred four miles south of Crockett at about 2 p.m.
Emergency personnel respond to a vehicle fire about .25 mile east of Hwy. 19 on Loop 304 on Friday, March 16 around 2 p.m. the older model Cadillac became fully engulfed in flames before being extinguished.
Karson Money wins Grand Champion at the 52nd Lovelady Calf Show and Sale.