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‘Bring(ing) It’ On Locally For ALS Awareness Campaign

 Crockett business owner Lesa Lewis and her associate, Jerry Simpson, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Friday, dumping buckets of ice water on each other to bring awareness to ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  Afterwards, Lewis and Simpson were ready to pass the challenge on and had a message for the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce:  “Bring It!”   (Photo by Lynda Jones) Crockett business owner Lesa Lewis and her associate, Jerry Simpson, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Friday, dumping buckets of ice water on each other to bring awareness to ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Afterwards, Lewis and Simpson were ready to pass the challenge on and had a message for the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce: “Bring It!” (Photo by Lynda Jones)

By Lynda Jones, Editor-in-Chief

Jerry Simpson and Lesa Lewis of "Storage Wars: Texas" fame didn't mind cooling off outside their Crockett business Friday, Aug. 22, as they accepted Auctioneer Walt Cade's challenge to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Cade, Lewis said, issued the challenge to all the stars of the USA Network hit reality show. Now, Lewis and Simpson are telling the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce, "Tag, Your It!"

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness; hence the challenge to the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce to "Bring It". People can either accept the challenge or make a donation to an ALS Charity of their choice, or do both.

As of Friday, Aug. 22, the ALS Association reported, the organization has received $53.3 million in donations compared to $2.2 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to Aug. 21).

These donations have come from existing donors and 1.1 million new donors to the ALS Association.

"ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis," as explained by the ALS Association.

"There is no cure and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that modestly extends survival. Veterans are twice as likely be diagnosed with the disease," according to the ALS Association.

For more information about ALS and/or the Ice Bucket Challenge, visit www.alsa.org.

Sandies Tune Up at Trinity

Grapeland head coach Shawn Brown takes the Sandies to Trinity on Thursday, Aug. 21 for their final preseason outing.

The scrimmage gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

"We're just trying to improve. Nobody getås fired, nobody gets hung after the first scrimmage.

You just realize things you need to work on and maybe move things around. Our biggest concern is we want to make sure we fix things we definitely saw in our first scrimmage last Saturday against Overton," Brown såaid.

"We're headed in the right direction, but we're working on improving every aspect of our game. I'm happy with everybody's effort and that's all I'm looking for right now. Things go bad, things go good and people make mistakes. What matters is how hard you're swinging, and I think our kids are swinging hard. That's what we focused on in that scrimmage," the coach added.

Woman Arrested After CPD Finds Dog In Hot Car

By Lynda Jones, Editor-in-Chief

Logan Gandy, 31, W/F of Grapeland, was arrested by the Crockett Police Department on Monday, Aug. 18 and charged with Theft ($50-$500) and Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals.

CPD Sgt. Clayton Smith reported that officers had been dispatched to the 1200 block of East Loop 304 (Wal-Mart) in reference to a shoplifter.

Upon arrival officers met with the complainant who alleged that Gandy was stealing items from the store, according to Smith.

"During the conversation with officers, Gandy told officers that she had her dog in the car while inside the store," Smith stated. "It was determined that Gandy left her dog inside the vehicle for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with no water and the vehicle not running."

The dog was taken to Dr. George Beeler's for treatment and evaluation by Crockett Police Department Animal Control.

"The Crockett Police Department would like to remind everyone that during the summer months your vehicle can reach temperatures of up to 140 degrees in a short period of time. Never leave your children or animals in a vehicle unattended," Smith stated.

Both charges faced by Gandy are misdemeanor offenses. She was taken to the Houston County Jail where she was booked and confined.

City Of Crockett Working On Infrastructure

Montgomery St., between Fourth St. and Fifth St., in Crockett is dug about six feet deep as the sewer line is replaced, thanks to “Hurricane Ike” Round 2 funds.  The street will be repaved when the sewer line work is complete. (Photo by Lynda Jones)Montgomery St., between Fourth St. and Fifth St., in Crockett is dug about six feet deep as the sewer line is replaced, thanks to “Hurricane Ike” Round 2 funds. The street will be repaved when the sewer line work is complete. (Photo by Lynda Jones)

By Lynda Jones, Editor-in-Chief

The City of Crockett shows evidence of working on its infrastructure and work on replacing the sewer line at Montgomery St. off of Fourth St. began recently.

Funding from the project is from a Disaster Relief Grant (Hurricane Ike funds).
Working through applications and red tape with the state and federal government for about two years preceded the actual onset of construction.

Also in Crockett, the City Council unanimously voted to approve its FY 2015 budget Monday, Aug. 18. One of the approved items is a vibratory compactor for the Public Works Department, which is expected to patch pot holes in a way that the patches will last longer.

The council is not proposing a tax increase, but it did vote 3-2 to increase water and sewer rates by $5.70.

The increase was described as a pass-down increase from the Houston County Water Control & Improvement District No. 1. The city purchases water from the HCWCID #1.

Precinct 3 Councilmember Larry Robbins and Precinct 4 Councilmember Muriel Williams voted against the increase.

See More City of Crockett News in the Sunday Courier.

Illegal Dumping Continues To Plague Area

This is one of many loads of illegally dumped trash Houston County/City of Crockett Environmental Control Officer Ashlie Perry and community service workers picked up from Houston County and City of Crockett roads in July. (Courtesy Photo)This is one of many loads of illegally dumped trash Houston County/City of Crockett Environmental Control Officer Ashlie Perry and community service workers picked up from Houston County and City of Crockett roads in July. (Courtesy Photo)

By Lynda Jones, Editor-in-Chief

Houston County/City of Crockett Environmental Control Officer Ashlie Perry has a dirty job, but she takes it seriously and is enthusiastic about investigating the perpetrators of illegal dumping throughout Houston County.

In her monthly Criminal Environmental Law Enforcement Report to the Houston County Commissioners' Court and the Crockett City Council, Perry stated that, in the month of July, there were a total of 110 bags of refuse abated within the Crockett city limits and Houston County.
Ten tires were removed from city streets and county roads, as well as two sinks, a washing machine, two mattresses, a couch, carpet and wooden flooring, Perry reported.

"All illegal dumping was investigated for evidence, which could potentially lead to the dumper(s)'s prosecution; however, the dumpers are becoming more cautious in what they dump, and it is becoming more difficult to catch them. It is highly important we educate the public on investigation procedures to avoid mishandling evidence," Perry stated in her report.

Perry says she gets creative while investigating. For example, she does not mind digging through nasty garbage left on the side of the road in search of clues, such as names or addresses on discarded mail or discarded prescription bottles.

During July, Perry patrolled and/or removed refuse from the following Crockett streets/lots on: Pecan, First St., Dogwood, East and West Houston, East Goliad, Second St., Harold, Ninth St., Seventh St., Lincoln, Bell, Fifth St., Alice, Tenth St., Sowescor, Sunset, Plum, Sanders, San Jacinto, Pease, Seventh St., Terrell, Austin, Dunbar, Thomas, Elm, Maple, Ash, Spring, Sixth St., MLK, Bowie, Hall, Rhodes, El Camino, Easy and Cedar.

The following county roads were patrolled and refuse was removed from them: 4020, 4025, 4037, 4030, 2195, 2190, 2170, 2180, 2175, 4115, 4125, 4130, 4514, 1890, 4505, 3620, 3315, 2125, 2160, 2131, 2135, 2130, 1565, 1040, 3005, 3355, 2022, 1825, 4120, 4130, 4525, 4520, 4565, 4550, 4560 and 1890.

Under Perry's supervision, community service workers assisted or completed the following special projects:
• Weed eating, mowing, raking leaves, cleaning, cutting trees and bushes and hauling off debris at the Crockett Public Library (12 hours);
• Shredding, cleaning, weeding flowerbeds and decorating at Crockett City Hall (42 hours);
• Ripping leaf bags, sorting recyclables, picking up waste and cleaning at the Crockett Solid Waste and Recycling Center (8 hours);
• Cleaning and restoring the Public Works Building, mowing and weed eating Davy Crockett Memorial Park (60 hours);
• Cleaning, helping to set up and take down for events, painting and performing maintenance tasks at the Crockett Civic Center (56 hours);
• Cleaning and organizing the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association office (4 hours);
• Worked on clearing overgrowth in Spring Creek next to Brewer Springs Park between West Houston and Goliad Ave. (ongoing project).

Perry also reported 30 reinvestigations within the city/county and 20 compliant letters were mailed out. Additionally, 58 complaints were filed and investigated and three tickets were issued for illegal dumping.

If you have any questions regarding the Environmental Report or have complaints or concerns call 936-546-3427 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Perry also named the July Yard of the Month for City of Crockett Precinct #1 as that belonging to Charles D. Smith at 909 Monroe St. Perry selects one yard per month, rotating the precincts.

The July Commercial Property of the Month is Lawrence Realty, located at 720 E. Loop 304 and owned by Nancy Lawrence.

Tim Allen Declared ‘Hometown Hero’

Linda Richie, Northland business manager, presented $250 to Tim Allen of Crockett and $500 to CASA of the Pines in Allen’s honor.  (Photo Courtesy of Northland Communications)Linda Richie, Northland business manager, presented $250 to Tim Allen of Crockett and $500 to CASA of the Pines in Allen’s honor. (Photo Courtesy of Northland Communications)

In Northern Internet Contest

Tim Allen, pastor of First Christian Church in Crockett, was recognized this week by Northland Communications as the Crockett winner of its recent Hometown Hero contest.

Public voting via the Internet closed July 20.

Allen was recognized for going above and beyond to enrich the lives of his fellow neighbors.

In addition to being a minister, he is a CASA volunteer.

A CASA casework supervisor stated, "I can attest to his caring nature and ability to help others while not demeaning them in anyway.

"He has worked with CASA for the last two and half years. CASA work can be very rewarding and also very discouraging as you advocate for children in foster care.

"Tim has worked tirelessly on every case that he has been assigned. He never turns down a case, and is always available to help others with their cases."

Allen also is president of the Houston County Child Welfare Board.

The CASA caseworker supervisor who nominated him as a "Hometown Hero" explained, "In his (Allen's) work on the board, he advocates for children from his county that are placed in foster care by ensuring that the children have all of their needs met.
"CASA and the Child Welfare Board work hand in hand with Child Protective Services. Tim is a great Houston County leader as evidenced by his hard work and care for others."

On Wednesday, Aug. 6, Northland presented Allen with $250 for his positive impact in the community.
Northland also donated $500 to CASA of the Pines (based in Lufkin) in his honor.

Northland's business manager, Linda Richie, said, "It is an honor to give back to the community and to recognize those who make Crockett a great place to work and live. Congratulations to our winning Hometown Hero, Tim Allen and to CASA, and thank you for all that you do in Crockett."