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Museum GraphicBy Chris Edwards
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CROCKETT – The Mary Allen Museum Heritage House will host an open house event on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Attendees are invited to come out and tour the newly reopened museum, which is located in the historic Westbrook Heritage House.

The museum is located at 1503 South Fourth Street in Crockett. At the open house, light refreshments will be served.

The Mary Allen Museum has largely been inactive during all of the pandemic-related shutdowns, however, recently, with the restrictions lifted, the museum’s board announced its reopening and some new activities coming for the community to enjoy.

Many volunteers recently took part in a clean-up effort to restore the Westbrook Heritage House. Below is a list of activities slated for the museum:

•September 10- the Museum will celebrate its reopening with an open house. The community is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. 

•September 17 – “Movement at the Museum” A certified Zumba instructor specializing in African dance will be the instructor for a unique Zumba experience

•September 24 – “Painting with a Muse(em)” Local artist Alexandria Hubbard, Artist in Residence and Activity Director for the Mary Allen Museum, will host a step-by-step painting class. 

October 8 – “Movie Night” Films will be shown on the lawn at the Westbrook House. Bring your lawn chairs, coolers, or blankets along with the whole family and enjoy a movie under the stars

Other events will include a tea party that is sure to be a memorable experience. And look for an exciting “Open Mic Night” where musicians, singers and poets can share their talent with the community. 

If you would like more information about Mary Allen Museum or for more information about the upcoming events, please contact Dr. Thelma Douglass at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Day in Crockett

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By Jan White
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Many people think that Mexican Independence Day and Cinco de Mayo are the same. 

But they would be wrong.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates a victory when the powerful French militia was defeated during the 1862 Battle of Puebla by an outnumbered Mexican army. Mexican Independence Day was the culmination of over a decade of war against Spain.

Mexico was once known as New Spain and had been ruled under the tyranny of the Spanish empire for over three hundred years. The Mexican population was oppressed, farmland and personal wealth were confiscated, and only Spaniards were allowed to hold political posts. 

On Sept. 16, 1810, a Catholic priest had enough. In the town of Dolores, the priest,  Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, rang his church’s bell and delivered a speech now known as the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores), demanding the end of Spanish rule. It marked the violent Mexican War of Independence that lasted over a decade. On August 24, 1821, Spain withdrew and officially recognized Mexico as an independent country. Today, Father Costilla is known as the Father of Mexican Independence, and Mexican Independence Day has been celebrated every year on Sept. 16.

The day of independence has developed into a nationwide celebration over the past two hundred-plus years. The occasion is celebrated much like the United State’s Independence Day, with festivals, fireworks, patriotic speeches, flag-waving, parades, live music, dancing, and home-cooked feasts. Red, white and green — the colors of the Mexican flag — are seen everywhere across Mexico and many cities the United States. 

This year, Crockett will celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 6-9 p.m. in the park across from City Hall. The event, organized by Rebecca Huff, will feature traditional Hispanic dances, music, food, and shopping. For more information, contact Ms. Huff at Crockett City Hall (936) 544-5156.

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Schools wear Uvalde CISD colors in show of support

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TexasHeart GraphicBy Chris Edwards
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HOUSTON COUNTY – School districts across the state showed solidarity with Uvalde CISD on Tuesday with an urging for faculty, staff and students to sport the district’s school colors.

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s students returned to the classroom on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and it was the first time the students had been back to school since the events of May 24, when a mass shooting at Robb Elementary claimed the lives of 21 people.

Many school districts across the state spread word through social media channels asking their faculty, staff and students to wear maroon and white, which are the Uvalde CISD school colors; a showing that “our hearts are with Uvalde.”

All of Houston County’s five school districts encouraged their populations to do the same. 

Crockett ISD announced on its Facebook page for its Bulldog family to wear maroon and that the district’s prayers and support are with the community of Uvalde.

The Latexo ISD Athletics Booster Club posted that “Uvalde ISD has been heavy on everyone’s hearts,” and encouraged everyone in the district to wear maroon and white.

Grapeland ISD posted a graphic encouraging everyone to join in and “Maroon Out with Uvalde”

For Kennard ISD, on its social media page, the district stated its prayers and support are with Uvalde.

Lovelady ISD did not advertise the maroon-wearing on its social media presence, but a representative from the district said there was “quite a bit of maroon” seen on the high school campus Tuesday.

According to an Associated Press story, many Uvalde CISD students did not want to return to school. Uvalde CISD superintendent Hal Harrell said in June that students would not return to the campus of Robb Elementary. Instead, the students were to be relocated to other campuses within the district.

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Police busy with arrests

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From Staff Reports

CROCKETT – The Crockett Police Department reported a busy week. According to Clayton Smith, Chief of Police, his department answered 147 calls for service and made 17 arrests last week.

Some of the most interesting incidents, according to Smith, included arrests made on a variety of charges.

On Tuesday, August 23, at about 4 a.m., officers noticed a suspicious person sitting in a vehicle at a local motel. While officers were speaking with the individual, David Hernandez (age 23 from Edinburg), they noticed a methamphetamine pipe and a bag with methamphetamine in plain view inside the vehicle. Hernandez was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 <1 Gram (State Jail Felony).

On Thursday, August 25, at about 2 a.m., officers were doing extra patrol in the area of Wooten Street, due to an increased number of theft related calls in the area. While patrolling, Officers witnessed a group of males take off running when they saw the police cars. One of the males, Brodrick Sandles (age 20 from Crockett), was found hiding behind a car with several bags of marijuana and a Glock pistol hidden underneath the car. Sandles was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Marijuana <2 Ounces in a Drug Free Zone (Class A Misdemeanor), Unlawful Carrying a Weapon (Class A Misdemeanor) and Tampering with Evidence (3rd Degree Felony). He was also found to have several traffic warrants for his arrest out of the City of Crockett.

Also on Thursday, at about 11:30 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a Mercedes Benz in the area of East Houston Avenue at North 6th Street because the vehicle was displaying expired registration. During the traffic stop, the passenger in the vehicle, David Gore (age 39 from Madisonville), ran from the vehicle and into a residence in the 500 block of East Houston Avenue. 

The officer pursued Gore and took him into custody without further incident. Gore had several warrants for his arrest, including a “Blue Warrant” for parole violations (original offenses of Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon and Burglary of a Habitation), a warrant out of Anderson County for Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 <1 Gram (State Jail Felony), and a warrant out of Aransas County for Evading Arrest or Detention (Class A Misdemeanor). In addition to the warrants, Gore was charged with another count of Evading Arrest or Detention. The driver of the vehicle, Jeffery Henderson (age 48 from Crockett), was originally released with a citation for Expired Registration. Later that day, Officers were notified that a warrant had been issued out of Houston County for Henderson for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 >1 Gram <4 Grams (3rd Degree Felony). Officers went back to the residence in the 500 block of East Houston Avenue and placed him under arrest as well.

On Sunday, August 28, at about 1:30 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Focus in the 1200 of East Loop 304 for displaying a fraudulent and improperly placed 30-day registration permit. 

The officer received consent to search the car and located about 1.2 grams of methamphetamine. The passenger in the vehicle, Teodoro Velasquez (age 41, of Palestine), admitted that the methamphetamine was his. He was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 >1 Gram <4 Grams (3rd Degree Felony). The driver was released with a citation.

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Exciting things in store for the Mary Allen Museum

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Volunteers get the kitchen ready for use. JAN WHITE | HCCVolunteers get the kitchen ready for use. JAN WHITE | HCC

By Jan White
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CROCKETT – Many of our local museums lost a lot of traction during the Covid shutdowns. One of those was the Mary Allen Museum, located in the historical Westbrook Heritage House at 1503 S. Fourth Street in Crockett. 

However, with many Covid restrictions now lifted, the Mary Allen Museum is anxious to reopen and share some exciting new activities with the community.

Friends and supporters of the Museum have been working hard making repairs and doing clean-up so the Heritage House can open to the public in September. David Beaulieu, the Interim Pastor of Life Pointe Church, Pastor Johnie Wood of the First Presbyterian Church, and Pastor Albert Moses, III of St. Luke Baptist, spearheaded the project, identifying issues and overseeing volunteers who gave their time to help make the building useable again.

The Mary Allen Museum held a cleanup day on Saturday August 20 to get the building ready for reopening to the public. 

The museum would like to thank the volunteers who came out to help. 

From Life Pointe Church David Beaulieu, Sarah Jones, Pastor Tim Jones, Hattie Hamilton, Trish Hardy, Nora Windham, James Gentry with the CEIDC, Pastor Johnie Wood and A. Reyes from the First Presbyterian Church, and from the Mary Allen Museum Earlene Clebourn, Dr. Thelma J. Douglass, Michael Ewing, Alexandria Hubbard and Jean Shepherd 

Following is a list of events on the Mary Allen Museum calendar. Times and additional event details will be announced in future communications.

•September 10- the Museum will celebrate its reopening with an open house. The community is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. 

•September 17 – “Movement at the Museum” A certified Zumba instructor specializing in African dance will be the instructor for a unique Zumba experience

•September 24 – “Painting with a Muse(em)” Local artist Alexandria Hubbard, Artist in Residence and Activity Director for the Mary Allen Museum, will host a step-by-step painting class. 

•October 8 – “Movie Night” Films will be shown on the lawn at the Westbrook House. Bring your lawn chairs, coolers, or blankets along with the whole family and enjoy a movie under the stars

Other events will include a tea party that is sure to be a memorable experience. And look for an exciting “Open Mic Night” where musicians, singers and poets can share their talent with the community. 

If you would like more information about Mary Allen Museum or for more information about the upcoming events, please contact Dr. Thelma Douglass at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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