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Latexo HS Student Council to honor veterans

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LATEXO – The Latexo High School student council will honor veterans at a special Veterans Day Program on Thursday Nov. 10.

Veterans are cordially invited to join us for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the Latexo High School cafeteria, with a program to immediately follow in the Latexo High School gymnasium.

High School student council has prepared a special program for our veterans, and our elementary students will have a special presentation as well as some cards and gifts for the veterans who attend.

LHS is asking the Latexo school and community to help reach out to any veterans they may know, inviting them to join us on Thursday November 10 at Latexo High School at 8:30 a.m.

Also, if you would like for us to recognize any who have served our country but are no longer with us by providing a photo of the veteran to be displayed during our program, please bring this by the high school office.

Please contact the high school office at 936-544-5638 (ext 2) for more information.

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Leos host NASA engineer

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Leo President Ariana Gonzalez presents Nick Mustachio with a Leo Club T-shirt following his presentationLeo President Ariana Gonzalez presents Nick Mustachio with a Leo Club T-shirt following his presentation

By Joseph Tuggle,
Leo CommunicationChairperson

Nick Mustachio joined the Piney Woods Leos at the club’s monthly meeting on Oct. 2.

Mustachio is employed by Johnson Space Center in Houston as the Chief Engineer - JSC Aviation Safety Office and as a Flight Science Officer. He presented to the Leos his experience and knowledge while working for NASA.

Mustachio is a graduate of Texas State University and the University of Texas. He started his career with NASA as a Systems Engineer and worked his way up to his current position. Currently, Mustachio is working on the Artemis mission. This mission is to get man back to the moon in 2024. The plan is to send a shuttle orbiting around the moon and then return it safely to earth to better understand space and how to perform the maneuver safely. After the success of this mission, it’s on to Mars.

The planning, testing, studying and training of these missions is a long, methodical process.

Mustachio’s experience and expertise opened a wide range of questions from the Leos, who enjoyed the presentation and learned a great deal about aerospace engineering. Mustachio instilled the belief that dreams do come true, as his started in the fourth grade.

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Holiday Season gets early kick-off

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By Jan White
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CROCKETT – For many, Christmas can’t come early enough, and with it, hopes for better days and happier times. And Crockett is famous for beginning the Christmas season as soon as possible. That’s why the week before Thanksgiving, the town offers four celebration-filled days that are sure to offer something that pleases everyone in the family.

The holiday season will kick off with Crockett’s first-ever “Downtown Christmas Lighting Ceremony.” One of Crockett’s newest hometown improvement organizations sponsors the ceremony - the Downtown Crockett Association (DCA). The DCA is a small group of downtown business owners and interested parties whose goal is to promote tourism and activity in the area. Last year, the DCA asked the Houston County Commissioners to help revive an old tradition of outlining the downtown buildings with Christmas lights. Using special funds set aside for such improvements, the DCA worked with building owners to help install the lights. This year, Commissioners again agreed to help downtown businesses trim their buildings with lights to help Crockett residents and visitors to the city celebrate Christmas. Robin Ogg, a DCA member who designed the historical banners seen around town, has also created Christmas in Crockett Banners, which downtown merchants can purchase and hang prior to the season.

The Downtown Christmas Lighting Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in collaboration with the DCA and the Ministerial Alliance. The Official Lighting of Downtown will take place at 6 p.m. The square’s east side will be blocked off for the free event that features Christmas music, choirs, a bell choir, and guest speakers during the hour-long event.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, the Houston County Career Women will host Crocket’s Annual Lighted Christmas Parade. This year’s parade theme is “Songs of Christmas.” Awards will be given in various categories. For a free entry application or more information, contact Crockett Embroidery at (936) 544-2505. The parade follows a route around the square. Bring your lawn chairs and hot chocolate, and be prepared to enjoy the Christmas Spirit.

The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association will host Texas Country Music Legend Cory Morrow at the Crockett Civic Center on Friday, Nov. 18. Not your typical concert, the Civic Center will be transformed into an upscale dance venue, with VIP table seating and a dance floor for attendees not content to just sit and tap their feet to the music. Contact Piney Woods Fine Arts (936) 544-4276 for ticket purchases or questions regarding the event.

And on Saturday, Nov. 19, Crockett will celebrate its 41st Annual Christmas in Crockett. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and wrap up around 5 p.m. This year, the petting zoo will expand so youngsters can enjoy getting up close and personal with even more of their favorite animals. And a fan favorite is back this year- the Christmas in Crockett Cookie Competition. There are two categories: Decorated and Holiday cookies, with three age divisions: 6-12 years, 13-17 years, and adult. One dozen cookies must be turned in to the Crockett Area Chamber Booth by 1 p.m. Submissions will be judged on taste, decoration, and presentation. Only one entry per division per contestant. For more information, contact (936) 544-2359 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you, like many others, are anxious for the Christmas Season to begin, ‘save the date’ for the middle of November and make plans to attend these exciting events.

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Crisis Center celebrates new location

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CROCKETT – The Family Life Crisis Outreach Center of Crockett has moved to its new location at 1512 E. Loop 304, Crockett, TX 75835. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to welcome the Center to its new offices. 

The City of Crockett Police Department issued a statement on its Facebook page to thank the community for coming out to support the luncheon and ribbon cutting Wednesday. 

“Thank you to the Houston County community, law enforcement and representatives of partner agencies for coming out to the Things Aren’t Always What You See luncheon and Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the new outreach office,” the statement read.

Guests sported purple sunglasses to highlight October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, as well as the theme of this year’s campaign. 

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Former county investigator Carroll arrested

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CROCKETT – The Houston County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest last Thursday of a former county employee on multiple charges.

Buck Carroll, 57, of Crockett, who worked as an investigator with the Houston County Attorney’s Office, was arrested on charges ranging from official oppression to third-degree felony prohibited sexual conduct.

Carroll, who worked with the county attorney from Jan. 2013 to Jan. 29, 2021, according to County Attorney Daphne Session, has worked in law enforcement since the mid-90s, and has served as a deputy with HCSO. He also worked for a time as a patrol officer with the Palestine Police Department.

Carroll bonded out of the Houston County Jail on bonds, totaling $66,500. The charges listed for Carroll include official oppression; aggravated assault /w/ a deadly weapon; sexual assault of another person and prohibited sexual conduct. The sexual assault charge is a second-degree felony.

The weapons charge and sexual conduct charges are third-degree felonies, and the official oppression is a class A misdemeanor.

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