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Smith Hotel brings new life to Railroad Street

Smith Hotel brings new life to Railroad Street

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Once upon a time, Railroad Street was teeming with life and the P.A. Smith Hotel was the jewel in its crown. The past few decades have not been kind to this historic street in Navasota, but that is about to change. Thanks to the vision of Old Washington residents Janice and Steve Scheve, the old P.A. Smith Hotel building will be transformed into the new Smith Hotel, reflecting the spirit of its predecessor but with modern day amenities. 

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  • Three in custody after multi-county pursuit

    Three in custody after multi-county pursuit

    Keldrin Walter, 30, of Navasota, was arrested Tuesday morning after leading local law enforcement on a multi-county pursuit and manhunt that begun Monday afternoon. Glenn Chatman, 25, and Courtlynn Harris, 27, both of Navasota, had been arrested Monday night for the same incident.

  • Smith Hotel brings new life to Railroad Street

    Smith Hotel brings new life to Railroad Street

    Once upon a time, Railroad Street was teeming with life and the P.A. Smith Hotel was the jewel in its crown. The past few decades have not been kind to this historic street in Navasota, but that is about to change. Thanks to the vision of Old Washington residents Janice and Steve Scheve, the old P.A. Smith Hotel building will be transformed into the new Smith Hotel, reflecting the spirit of its predecessor but with modern day amenities. 

  • NHS teacher arrested for improper relationship

    NHS teacher arrested for improper relationship

    Jennifer Drushel, 30, of College Station was arrested Monday, Jan. 14, for an alleged improper relationship between educator and student in connection with her position at Navasota High School.

  • Eight-year sentence for 2018 ‘rampage’

    Eight-year sentence for 2018 ‘rampage’

    David Cruz, 30, of Navasota, was sentenced to eight years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Division for convictions stemming from the Feb. 14, 2018, burglary and criminal mischief of multiple buildings in downtown Navasota.

  • NHS teacher arrested for improper relationship

    NHS teacher arrested for improper relationship

    Jennifer Drushel, 30, of College Station was arrested Monday, Jan. 14, for an alleged improper relationship between educator and student in connection with her position at Navasota High School. 

  • One victim trapped in rollover

    One victim trapped in rollover

    Emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle accident south of Navasota on the northbound lanes of State Highway 6 and FM 2988, while several crews were still on site of a separate crash resulting in a fire just north of Navasota. See separate article in this week’s edition.

  • LEONARD EUGENE NOBLES 1956 – 2019

    LEONARD EUGENE NOBLES 1956 – 2019

    LEONARD EUGENE NOBLES

  • NFD equipped for ‘warm’ zone

    NFD equipped for ‘warm’ zone

    After receiving active incident training in 2018, the Navasota Police Department and Navasota Fire Department have teamed up with the Friends of Grimes County to provide protection to firefighters in active incident “warm” zones.  

  • ROBERT LOUISE TAYLOR SR. 1953 – 2019

    ROBERT LOUISE TAYLOR SR. 1953 – 2019

    ROBERT LOUISE TAYLOR SR.

  • One injured in fiery crash

    One injured in fiery crash

    A fiery crash Wednesday afternoon resulted in one victim being transported via medical helicopter to Bryan and shutdown the northbound lanes of State Highway 6 just north of the FM 2154 exit for several hours.

NISD recognizes KickStart, Princess Code

NISD recognizes KickStart, Princess Code

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The Navasota ISD Board of Trustees recognized student organizations that are helping defeat bullying and teach community involvement during th…

Dec. 12 declared Tree of Angels Day

Dec. 12 declared Tree of Angels Day

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ANDERSON —  Grimes County Commissioners Court declared Wednesday, Dec. 12, as Tree of Angels Day during the regularly scheduled meeting.

Barndominiums topic of P&Z workshop

Barndominiums topic of P&Z workshop

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Navasota’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) met in a regular session at City Hall Thursday, Dec. 13. The bulk of the meeting was devot…

Navasota mourns loss of ‘White Lightning’

Navasota mourns loss of ‘White Lightning’

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STONEHAM — The community was at a loss for words and shared disbelief, as news spread that class of 2016 graduate Samuel “Sammy” James Blair p…

Murder nets 30 years

Murder nets 30 years

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A jury sentenced Robert Buford, 75, to 30 years in prison for the Feb. 10, 2017, first-degree murder of Janet Lester, 74, of Stoneham.

Legends never die, remembering Sammy

Legends never die, remembering Sammy

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In the 1993 movie “The Sandlot” a particular quote stands out — “The Babe” referring to Babe Ruth put into words a statement that couldn’t be …

Fatality crash claims one

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CARLOS – A two-vehicle crash claimed the life of one driver Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, along State Highway 30 in Carlos. Law enforcement closed…

One final trip home

One final trip home

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The rain fell softly, muffling the sound of everything but the distant blowing of a long-awaited train horn. Young children held flags aloft, …

Marietta to head CHI

Marietta to head CHI

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With a passion for medical care and desire to return to “God’s Country,” Erin Marietta recently took the reins to become the new Director of O…

Court fees updated for 2019

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ANDERSON — Court fees were revised for 2019 in the Wednesday, Dec. 5, special meeting of the Grimes County Commissioners Court.

Greenmun arrested in terroristic threat at Navasota High School

Greenmun arrested in terroristic threat at Navasota High School

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  NAVASOTA- Joseph Greenmun, a 17-year old Navasota High School Student, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Greenmum was charged with Terro…

Navasota dancers named National Champs

Navasota dancers named National Champs

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The theater lights dimmed, the music began its beat and for two Navasota AP Dance Dimensions performers, their stars began to shine during the…

Rattler senior headed to state

Rattler senior headed to state

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Navasota senior Ronnie Jackson is headed to the state track meet for the second year in a row after qualifying in three events at regionals Fr…

Fighting Owls rally for 13th straight win

Fighting Owls rally for 13th straight win

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ANDERSON – The Fighting Owls used a fourth inning rally to cruise past Crockett 15-5 last Tuesday to extend their win streak to 13.

Late commissioner's widow indicted for felony theft

Late commissioner's widow indicted for felony theft

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ANDERSON — A Grimes County grand jury returned a third-degree felony theft indictment Thursday, April 26, for Janet Lurline Green of Bedias. 

Former Navasota stars quest to the next level

Former Navasota stars quest to the next level

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Solomon McGinty and Jaylyin Minor were key members of the 2012 State Championship Navasota football team and are now on the cusp of playing in…

God is in the silence that follows

God is in the silence that follows

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Editor's Note: Gayle Grubbs is the pastor of Shiro Presbyterian and has homes in Kingwood and Roans Prairie. This is her personal account of t…

Ghost Stores of Navasota: A daily haunting

Ghost Stores of Navasota: A daily haunting

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Creaking stairs, musty dark corners and unexplained shapes of people from long ago hover in some of the stores in downtown Navasota.

All board for annual model train open house!

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They call it a hobby – grown men playing with trains – but in reality it is an art form that satisfies the soul and provides fellowship for a …