BEDIAS – Grimes County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a murder in Bedias that claimed the life of a Navasota Independent School District student, 18-year-old, Anthony Demilo Williams.
Not since 1928-1946 and the 18-year tenure of City Manager R. J. Brule, has Navasota seen the degree of momentum and positive change that it has under soon-to-be retired City Manager, Brad Stafford. While Brule and the WPA brought parks, bridges and a stadium to Navasota, Stafford put the name “Navasota” on the map of national retail consciousness. He also tackled 19th and 20th century infrastructure trying to accommodate 21st century needs. Before retiring Oct. 29, Stafford shared memories as Navasota city manager for nearly 16 years with The Examiner.
The necessity for a tracking dog in a search and rescue operation hit close to home in Grimes County recently when 3-year Christopher Ramirez wandered away from his home near Plantersville. Thankfully, this missing child story had a happy ending when Christopher was found nearly 72 hours later, 5 miles away from home, unharmed. Although the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) has a narcotics dog, this recent incident reinforced the need for a tracking dog. Currently, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is the only resource for tracking services. Time is critical in these situations, and it can take hours for the TDCJ K9 team to arrive and valuable time is lost. To remedy this dependence on other law enforcement agencies, the Grimes County Crime Stoppers, Inc. has established the “K9 Project.” Individuals and organizations are invited to step forward and join them in funding the training of a much-needed dual purpose dog.
Planning and Zoning laid the groundwork for the development of additional residential housing off North Business 6 Thursday, Oct. 14. With five of seven commissioners present, P&Z approved the preliminary plat for Hidden Hills, a 105-lot single family dwelling subdivision on 17.175 acres off Laredo Street.
ANDERSON – Grimes County Historical Commission is hosting their inaugural Great Gatsby Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 23, at Historic Anderson Park, 212 S. Main Street in Anderson from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
LA GRANGE – Navasota struck first and struck last to pick up their first district win, 33-21 over the La Grange Leopards.
CORRIGAN - The Anderson-Shiro Fighting Owls traveled to Corrigan to take on the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs in a District 12-3-A Division 2 District 12 game. Despite being huge underdogs, the Owls surprised a lot of people with spirited play and a lot of effort but fell short of their first league win with a 14-8 loss.
GRANGER – Granger used a dominant run-game and stingy defense to shutout the Iola Bulldogs 41-0, Friday, Oct. 15, in Granger.
The Rattler freshman improved to 6-1 and 2-0 in district with a 49-0 win over La Grange Thursday, Oct. 14, at Rattler Stadium.
Sitting comfortably in my home in Navasota, it’s easy to distance myself somewhat from “the border crisis,” but after hearing border horror stories firsthand at the 32nd Annual Texas Crime Stoppers Conference at South Padre Island last week, “crisis” doesn’t do the situation justice. I came home with a heavy heart for the folks living in those border counties and not a day goes by now that I don’t think about what they’re enduring.
What caught my eye wasn’t the space flight that was the dream of a presumably bored billionaire, it was the quote that came as he was floating around space. Richard Branson talked about being a kid looking up at the stars, and now he is an adult floating in his very own spaceship. Then he said, “just imagine what you can do.” Call me a cynic, but that phrase struck me as being completely out of touch with reality.
Do you ever wonder how a newscaster can deliver the most horrific news story with a smile? I know I do. I have been in the industry for almost 13 years of my life, and I cannot seem to master that trick. In the past, I wondered if my emotional attachment to the news we cover made me less capable or less worthy to be part of the journalism profession.
Friends, it is with a heavy heart that I compose this message today. The passing of one of my close friends is another great loss for myself, the grieving family, and a large part of our community. Johnny Wisnoski passed away just a few days ago and the emptiness felt by those of you who knew him is a heavy weight indeed. His funeral service was packed with hundreds of family members and friends and the eulogy was flawless. His brother shared some of the stories and adventures they had experienced through the years, and it was as if we were right there with them when it happened. After it was over, everyone stayed in front of the church for a long while, as if to somehow remain connected to Johnny. Not willing to leave and be apart from him. It was a heavy, palatable moment, but I had to keep reminding myself about the passage in Ecclesiastes that talks about how there is a season for everything. God’s timing is not our timing and we have to have faith in Him, even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard, actually.
Mr. L.E. Murry, 86 of Anderson, passed away quietly on October 4, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Navasota, Texas. Visitation was at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 8, with funeral services following at 3:00 p.m. at Nobles Funeral Home, Navasota. Visitation for family and friends was at the Zion Hill Baptist Church, Hwy 167 in Williana, LA. Monday, October 11, at 10:00 a.m. Burial followed in the church cemetery following the visitation at 11:00 a.m.
Mr. Jay Westmoreland, 74, of Anderson, passed away Monday, October 11, at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in College Station. Visitation with family and friends was held Sunday, October 17, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., at Nobles Funeral Chapel. Funeral services followed at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Kyle Childress officiating. Graveside services were held 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 19, in Olive Branch Cemetery in Brightstar, Arkansas. Arrangements are under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel.
Jeannette Smith Raines, a force to be reckoned with, passed away on October 6, 2021, at the age of 64 after suffering from a brief and unexpected illness. She fought until the very end, and while losing the battle has taken her away from this world, her memory remains a beacon of light for all who love her. Jeannette loved her family fiercely.
Betty Jo Keyser Armatys, 92 of Plantersille, passed away at her home on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Visitation with family and friends was held from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at Nobles Funeral Chapel followed by a graveside service at Stoneham Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Chaplain Heidi Dixon will offi ciate. Arrangements are under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel.