Area News

Leon County under Shelter in Place Order

    Leon County Judge, Byron Ryder, has announced a Declaration of Local State Disaster due to public health emergency. The county judge has determined that extraordinary and immediate measures must be taken to respond quickly to prevent and slow down the community spread of COVID-19. All individuals currently living in Leon County are ordered…

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UPDATE: Changes to local business hours and operation

  Leon County has declared a public health disaster effective until April 3, 2020. Additionally, Gov. Abbott has issued an emergency executive order banning gatherings of 10 or more people. As a result, many local businesses have made changes in hours of operation and services. Please continue to support local businesses as much as possible…

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Cancelled events due to coronavirus

Several events that were posted in the Messenger of March l8, 2020 have been cancelled. We received the request to cancel these ads after the paper had gone to press. The following have been cancelled: The Marquez Chamber of Commerce Crawfish Boil scheduled for Saturday, March 28th has been cancelled.  It is unknown if it…

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Henson, Sullivan, Workman and Hightower win Leon Co. contested races

Four contested county races were decided by the voters of Leon County on Tuesday, March 3. James Caleb Henson was selected as Leon County District Attorney. Henson will fill the position of retiring District Attorney, Hope L. Knight. Henson garnered 2,188 votes to his opponent, Whitney Smith’s 1,611 votes. A difference of 577 votes. Joey…

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Big Boy 4014 makes stop in Jewett

Photos from Saturday, November 9.       Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam engine on a tour of the U.P. system to commemorate the transcontinental railroad’s 150th anniversary. The engine made a 30 minute stop in Jewett with as many as 2,000 on hand to see the massive engine.

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