‘Halloween On The Square’ Provides Safe Fun For Kids

By Lynda Jones, Editor-in-Chief

The Crockett tradition of "Halloween on the Square" began in the 1980s, and once again merchants will treat youngsters to an evening of Trick or Treat fun.

From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, hoards of little ghosts, goblins, angels, princesses and cartoon characters will make their annual rounds in downtown Crockett, filling their bags with sweet treats in a safe environment offered by the merchants.

In the past, local realtor Charles Arnold has produced a list of participating merchants. This year, however, Arnold is hard at work as chairman of the 78th Annual World Championship Fiddler's Festival of Crockett, slated for Saturday, Oct. 25.

He asks merchants planning to participate to call his office at 936-544-2089 as soon as possible to get their name on the list that will be published in the newspaper before the witchin' hour strikes.

Arnold said, "You don't have to be on the square to be a part of this. You can be anywhere you wish, as long as you feel it's a safe location for the kids. Just give us a call at 936-544-2089 as soon as possible and we'll tell them to come to you."

Diplomats Of Drums Complete Week Of Musical Ambassadorship Here

By Lynda Jones, Editor-in-Chief

Drum LeaderThe leader of the Diplomats of Drums pictured here shared vibrant rhythmic sounds of his homeland at the Crockett Civic Center Tuesday, Oct. 7. (Photo by Kelly McChesney)Music, often referred to as an international language, was the medium for connecting a group of Malaysian artists with Houston County residents last week.

Crockett was one of four cities in the United States selected for Caravanserai, a three-part residency program that brings artists from Malaysia to the U.S. to showcase their art and their music.

The Diplomats of Drums arrived on Sunday, Oct. 5, and first enjoyed a reception at the Warfield House.

On Monday, Oct. 6, they traveled to the Lufkin Social Security Office and toured historical sites in this part of East Texas.

The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association presented a public performance of the group at the Crockett Civic Center Tuesday night, Oct. 7. Earlier in the day, local school children attended a performance just for them at the civic center.

The band held a series of school band workshops in Palestine, Vista Academy, Grapeland, Crockett and Lovelady.

Additionally, the cooked with locals at the Crockett First United Methodist Church Monthly Family Night on Wednesday, Oct. 8, before presenting the evening's program.

They also presented a program for the Crockett Rotary Club on Thursday.

By the time they said their good-byes to new friends on Saturday, Oct. 11, they had toured a working Texas cattle ranch and performed a "Drum Circle" in Lightn'n Hopkins Park in Crockett.

2014 CHS Queen, King Introduced

2014 HS Queen, King Announced

Homecoming 2014

'Tis the season for recognition of high school royalty, and Crockett High School made the first announcement during half-time of the Crockett vs Shepherd football game Friday, Oct. 3. CHS Homecoming Queen Kacey Barger and King JaVarious Taylor are pictured after their crowning moments. (Courier Sports Photo)

Grapeland Native Considers Run For Presidency


By Robert Neel, Reporter

Grapeland may have one of its own participating in the run for the presidency in 2016. Bishop Julian Lewis, Jr., a Grapeland native, has decided to make a try for the presidency.

BISHOP JULIAN LEWIS, JR. (Courtesy Photo)BISHOP JULIAN LEWIS, JR. (Courtesy Photo)His Presidential Exploratory Committee, chaired by Pastor Jacqueline Brown of Grapeland, has scheduled its first "Test the Water Rally" for Saturday, Oct. 18 at World Harvest Ministries in Lancaster.

Lewis was born in Grapeland in 1953 to Julian L. Lewis, Sr. and Lucille Lewis. He attended Grapeland Schools thru the tenth grade. In 1969 he moved to Dallas to be near doctors because of health problems. He finished school at Lincoln High School.

After high school Lewis continued his education at All State Business College and Dallas Bible College where he received a degree in Pastoral Ministry.

Lewis entered the ministry in 1976 and became a pastor in 1984.

He established the Highway Evangelistic C.O.G.I.C. and was appointed and ordained into the Office of Bishop in 1997.

Lewis is the founder of World Harvest Ministries along with other ministries in Dallas, Houston, Galveston, Denver, Oklahoma and Mexico.

He is currently trying to establish a new church in Grapeland, St. Mary's Cathedral Church.
When asked why he wanted to run for president, Lewis said, "This country has left the principles we were founded on. We need leaders that will stand up for truth."

Lewis plans to run as an independent. "I was raised to vote democratic, but I do not want to deal with party politics," he said.

"We need to manage our resources better and protect our investments," Lewis said concerning the economy. "Our social programs are handicapping people."

On immigration, "We need to uphold current laws and slow down illegal immigration," Lewis said.
When talking about the separation of church and state, Lewis said, "The church has been the center of our communities for a long time. We do not want to take God out of everything we do,'' he said. "We have a real problem when God gets left out."

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Celebrating Constitution Week At Houston County Courthouse

Celebrating Constitution Week

Photos by Kelly McChesney

The Major Jarrell Beasley Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated Constitution Week with a presentation by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Clyde Black during their regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 17, Constitution Day. On Friday, Sept. 19, the local NSDAR chapter organized a gathering on the east side of the Houston County Courthouse in Crockett to further celebrate the signing of the U. S. Constitution. Sherry Culp, above left, Constitution Week Committee Chairperson, is shown singing the Star Spangled Banner. Houston County Court at Law Judge Sarah Clark led a reading of the Constitution. Students from Torchlight Preparatory Academy were among those present. Two of the students, above right, are shown reading parts of the Constitution.

Some Dreams Lead To Race Cars

Crockett Junior High School students learned Wednesday, Sept. 17, how industrial arts trade skills apply to cars used in drag racing. (Photo by Kelly McChesney)Crockett Junior High School students learned Wednesday, Sept. 17, how industrial arts trade skills apply to cars used in drag racing. (Photo by Kelly McChesney)By Lynda Jones, Editor-in-Chief

Michael Hall, social studies teacher at Crockett Junior High School, is giving junior high students a creative look at possible careers they might want to pursue.

As a result of legislation passed in 2013, students must be counseled on career choices and select career paths when they enroll in high school.

Recognizing that not all students want to attend college and pursue an academic degree, Hall presented as assembly Wednesday, Sept. 17, introducing students to NHRA drag racing and auto mechanics.

Hall, who has been involved with NHRA drag racing for more than 40 years, showed the students a video presentation of modern­ day NHRA drag racing. He also emphasized the options of vocational education and of industrial arts.

At the end of the presentation, students enjoyed viewing real race cars from the area and getting autographs from the owners and drivers.

Willie Josey of Crockett displayed his pro-street pickup while Stephen Lowery, also of Crockett, displayed his top Sportsman/Comp Thunderbird. The third "star" was Gordon Cole of Lufkin who displayed his blown alcohol top dragster.

The CJH auto mechanics/drag racing class will be constructing its own race cars during the course of the school year.

Auto mechanics instruction will take place after school on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Hall said in a prepared statement for the press.

Actual shop instruction and race car fabrication will take place on Saturday mornings, beginning in October.

Hall explained that the class will begin construction on two vehicles; a 1932 Bantam fuel altered vehicle and a junior dragster. When completed, he said, the students will be able to drive the vehicles, with parent supervision.

While the cars are being built, class members will attend local, state and national drag racing events, Hall reported.

The first class field trip was Saturday, Sept. 20, when students attended the NHRA fall nationals in Ennis. Hall secured 40 free student tickets for this event.

Students with the highest grades, great attendance and no discipline problems are eligible to go on the racing field trips.

"The goal of this class is to teach work ethic, responsibility and effort to its students," Hall stated. "To teach all of our students that in America, you can make your dreams come true, if you are willing to work hard and believe in yourself!"