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Houston County Courier
P.O. Box 551 Crockett, Texas 75835
Phone (936)544-2238 Fax (936)544-4088
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Houston County Courier
Feds remain mum on DETCOG investigation  
Latexo ISD board amends order calling for bond issue  
Cornerstone on track for April 1 opening of Davy Crockett facility  
Forest landowners offer scholarships  
Free tax preparation available at Grapeland Public Library  
Man jailed after allegedly attempting to sexually assault estranged wife  
Local jobless rate down 1%  
Alleged shooter arrested  
Fish consumption advisory issued for Neches River Basin  
Crockett again accepting raked leaves, small limbs  
Security expenditure clarified  
2014 already prosperous for one resident  
2014 already prosperous for one resident  
Volunteers turn attention to needs of abused children  
Area police agencies infiltrate Grapeland  
Smith recognized as CPD Officer of Year  
HCSO searching for missing man  
Two charged in shooting of Texas game warden  
FSA to mail corrected County Committee Election ballots  
Council hears burning issue  
'Ceremony of Nine Lessons and Carols' slated for Thursday  
Donations sought for homeless veterans  
Drive-through nativity at Grapeland Baptist Church  
Firefighters get vital air supply equipment  
Annual food drive for SHARE in progress  
Scholarship fund created for rural Texas hospitals  
Couple jailed for allegedly using meth in presence of two children  
Toys for Tots drive underway  
Governor appoints Craven to state veterinary medicine board  
Grapeland FFA Quiz team brings home national title  
Presbyterian Women's Country Pantry and Bazaar set for Friday in Crockett  
Hundreds converge on Courthouse Square  
Registration open for lighted Christmas parade  
Sims family gets treat of a lifetime  
Kennard man jailed after alleged escape  
County officials, employees debate travel policy  
Auxiliary readying for garage sale, Christmas in Crockett booth  
'The Outlaw' KBHT-FM changes call letters following the filing of a sexual assault suit  
Councilmen's tempers flare  
'Lullaby of Broadway' to feature music of 1940s  
County commissioners create Hotel Occupancy Tax board  
PWFAA bringing sixties back to Crockett  
Troopers may move to former jail facility  
CISD to lease land to city for soccer  
Cow Country Congress to convene at Crockett Civic Center  
Crockett council to consider financing contracts Monday  
CRCIL focuses on well-being with Community Health Fair  
New public works director assessing Crockett's infrastructure, resources  
Burn ban lifted in Houston County  
HCHD board approves budget for FY 2014  
House passes bill for timber funds  
Suspects sought for damage to county-owned tractor  
A day we stand proud to be Americans  
CEIDC negotiating for CSS occupant  
Crockett businessman seeks support of CEIDC to expand, add jobs to economy  
Grapeland student chosen to perform as National FFA talent  
Plans underway for 9/11 Patriots Day in Crockett  
Crockett FFA sets high fundraising goal  
Church breaks ground for 17,000-sq. ft. facility  
CISD cuts taxes; schedules grand opening of Hopkins Event Center  
DA wraps up murder trial  
Jury convicts Roderick Creag of murder  
Moore-Frye-Eckles Memorial Scholarship available to seniors throughout county  
Emergency preparedness urged for storm season  
Vehicle thefts on the rise  
Texas issues measles alert  
Free classes to focus on 'Strengthening Families'  
Burn ban lifted in county  
Employees keep in stride with good health  
Estimated cost of maintaining county roads, bridges close to $2 million  
Traffic stop reveals meth and money  
City equipment old, worn out  
Local woman charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon (box cutter)  
VVA Chapter 991 helps family after fire destroys home  
Eight local students receive scholarships  
Kennard getting ready for start of new school year  
ITEX group announces completion of Pine Ridge Manor Apartments  
PWFAA membership renewals underway  
Stolen mowers, tractor recovered  
Local students attend Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Conference  
Extension agent to teach safe food preservation  
GPD officer fired for alleged policy, ethics violations  
Latexo ISD considering November bond election  
UM Army repairs 21 homes  
Fireworks prohibited in national forests, grasslands  
Aggies bringing chemical magic  
Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits, Robert Earl Keen and other performers headed to Crockett  
Three captured by CPD for home invasion, assault  
Judge hands down 10-year sentence for threatening DA's life  
Fiery crash kills three, two still unidentified  
Opening night a lightnin' success  
Man wanted by U. S. Marshal's Service arrested in county  
Missoula Children's Theatre presents 'The Secret Garden'  
Let them entertain you  
Grand Jury indicts Kennard grandma  
Crockett native receives coveted Fullbright Award  
'Share in the Joy' at Lovelady Old Gym  
Local barber was a Sherlock Holmes  
Crockett drug bust  
Drilling, draining, planning  
Grapeland Public Library schedules family history research classes for June  
Latexo ISD looks to future with project-based learning  
Feral hog management  
Get ready . . . cuz here they come!  
Investigation of mechanic leads to Duncan  
Program recognizes historical businesses  
Proclaiming May as Elder Abuse Prevention Month  
Grapeland's water well project goes dry  
Saddle up for Crockett Lions Club Rodeo  
Former CSS shown to potential tenants  
Clinic extends hours  
Angelina College announces LVN information sessions  
Webcast to focus on women in leadership  
Grapeland fires Police Chief Smith  
Officials review local courthouse security  
Grant issue spurs discussion among commissioners  
Child abuse cases increasing in Houston County  
ETMC announces regional cutbacks  
Youth with a mission to descend on Crockett  
Armed robbers strike  
Local children benefit from summer meals program  
Citizens invited to join fight against crime  
City council holds 'healthy discussion'  
Kennard hires new high school principal  
Barbecue cook-off added to county fair activities  
Children found; grandmother arrested  
Putting a price on public protection  
Sock drive nets nearly 2,000 pairs  
ETMC stands on record in effort to stay in race for hospital lease  
Prescribed burn planned at state school forest area  
Community focused on making vision of Lovelady Sports Complex a reality  
Under the microscope: Community health needs  
Local author shares story to inspire readers  
HCHD Board of Directors to hear ETMC presentation  
Cowman is 'most optimistic person in the world' auction owner says  
Woman found guilty of stealing from war veteran  
Grapeland City Council nixes water rate hike  
Tumbleweed Smith to bring 'Sound of Texas' to Crockett  
Woodland Heights offers specialty training to nurses  
New pipeline expected to boost local economy  
Tax credit can benefit low- and moderate-income workers  
Brady touches on hot topics, seeks opinions from public  
Cattle industry faces crossroad of supply, demand and drought  
Moore receives standing ovation with appraisal  
Auditor says GISD in better shape than most districts  
Authorities call in Texas Rangers to review arrests  
Speaker outlines benefits of Community Health Systems  
U.S. Forest Service conducting controlled burns for forest health  
Crockett police nab ‘Panty Bandit’  
Child’s Christmas wish list brings new books to library  
Forest Service offers ‘Fee-Free Day’ in honor of MLK, Jr. Day  
Suspect in custody for alleged auto theft  
Celebration ends with gunshot wound to Houston County man  
HCHD announces schedule of hospital presentations  
Fire destroys Kennard home  
Twister steals Christmas  

 


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The Courier is published in the county seat of Crockett, home of the World Championship Fiddlers Festival. Crockett is famous for its many historic homes, including two open to the public. A museum in the former depot offers a view of the area's past and the county’s 200-plus historical markers provide more insight into bygone days. The Grapeland Peanut Festival and Lovelady Love-Fest are annual events that attract large crowds. Mission Tejas State Historical Park offers picnicking, hiking, the mission replica and the historical Rice Log Cabin.

Ratcliff Recreation Area is a peaceful pine-covered paradise with an inviting lake for swimming, paddle boating, fishing and hiking trails. Campsites are at both parks. Top-notch bass fishing is featured at Houston County Lake. The Courier covers every facet of the county, with a special emphasis on education.

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