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It was a great day to be an American in Navasota Saturday, July 4! The first-ever Navasota Freedom Festival kicked off at 11 a.m. with a parade beginning at Brule Elementary, traveling down Washington Avenue to 9th Street. Parade watchers of all ages lined the route enthusiastically waving flags and shouting, “Happy July Fourth!” or “Happy Independence Day!”

For months smiling faces lined roadways in Navasota in anticipation of blaring sirens, happy birthday wishes over the intercom and a personal parade featuring first responders and various members of the community.

Grimes County Commissioners Court held a Regular Meeting Wednesday, July 1, approving contracts for copier maintenance and professional cleaning services.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order Thursday, July 2 mandating all Texans wear a face covering over their nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Executive Order goes into effect Friday, July 3, at 12:01 p.m. In addition Abbott also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people can not be in groups larger than 10 and must maintain six-feet of social distancing from others.

Sports

Jul 1, 2020 - 00:00

Garrett Harris has been patiently waiting to learn when baseball will resume. The Anderson-Shiro High School graduate has been training six days a week so that he is prepared for when the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball season begins.

Jun 10, 2020 - 00:00

Even coping with injury, Malaiya Jedkins performed well enough to earn an all-conference honor this track and field season.

Navasota Lady Rattler alumna Keaundra Eddings was named to the Spring 2020 Don Wilhelm Athletic Director’s Honor Roll at Blinn College. Athletes must maintain a 3.0 GPA and pass a minimum of 12 credit hours of college-level courses to make the prestigious honor roll. Eddings plays basketball for the Lady Buccaneers. Courtesy photo

Apr 29, 2020 - 00:00

Paden Hurst went into the rodeo circuit’s break on a high note.

Opinions

I will probably embarrass our mayor, Bert Miller, by calling him a “hero” for his decision to proceed with the Navasota Freedom Festival, but if the shoe fits Bert, you may as well put it on!

Jul 8, 2020 - 00:00

The following is a summary of a letter that I wrote but never delivered to one of my dear friends. I always thought that I had more time, but Cancer cut our time short.

Jul 1, 2020 - 00:00

The word of the day is “unprecedented.” Common usage lately has been to describe the health and economic impact of the virus which shall not be named. As far as global health crises go, it’s fair to say that here in America, during our lifetimes, yes, this has been unprecedented.

Jun 24, 2020 - 13:12

Not everyone has a dad like my dad. If you look up Jimmy Shoalmire you will find that he was a historian, a college professor, and published author. What you will not find is that he worked in the oilfield with his dad, he built hot rods, and was a golden gloves boxer. 

Obituaries

Jul 8, 2020 - 00:00

Juanita LeeJoyce King, 67, of Navasota, gained her wings and began eternal life with God on Thursday afternoon, July 2, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Jul 8, 2020 - 00:00

Ronald Richard Michno, 77, of Champions, TX, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, July 1, 2020 at Vitas Hospice in Conroe surrounded by his wife Pauline, and their children.

Jul 8, 2020 - 00:00

Anna Louise Swonke, 89, of Navasota, formerly of Plantersville, died Wednesday morning at Golden Creek Health and Rehab in Navasota.

Jul 8, 2020 - 00:00

Ruby Gail Branch Williams, 62, of Navasota, passed away Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020, at CHI St. Joseph Health Grimes Hospital.