News 3 Network: The Jewett Messenger

Here's what you can expect in this week's Jewett Messenger.

Store Clerk Surprises Robbers

A robbery suspect is arrested and two are on the run after they allegedly tried to rob a store in Jewett.

The Leon County Sheriff's office says all 3 alleged burglars were scared off by the store clerk.

It happened last Thursday at the Good Times Market on Main Street at 2 AM.

The alleged thieves were caught off guard when they realized a clerk was still inside the store and ran off.

The clerk, who wishes to remain anonymous, called 911.

Sheriff's deputies were later able to locate the suspects inside of a car.

The driver, Orlando Hill was arrested but two other men got away.

Hill is currently out of jail on bond.

Officials believe the suspects are not from the Jewett area.

They're described as black males, wearing black pants and shirts.

If you have any information contact the Leon County Sheriff's office at (903) 536-2749.


Leon County Burn Ban in Effect

A burn ban is in place for Leon County and all outdoor burning has been prohibited after a reported controlled burn sparked a grass fire last Saturday in the community of Marquez.

The sheriff's office got a call from a resident who was burning items in a pit.

The fire got out of control and went in two different directions and spread across hundreds of acres.

Several fire departments were called out including the Bryan fire department to assist.

The fire is now 100 percent contained.


Churches Hold Closet Clothes Drive

A group of Leon County churches are coming together for a clothing ministry to help those in need.

Jewett, Saint Matthews and Marquez United Methodist churches are now holding a Closet Clothes drive.

They're currently accepting gently used clothing and shoes for all ages.

Clothes must be washed and in good condition.

The drive is also accepting plastic bags and hangers.

Clothing may be dropped off on Wednesdays from 1-7:00 P-M and on Saturdays from 9 A-M to 1 P-M.


Cougar Football Team Preparing for Fall Season

The Leon Cougar football team coaching staff is getting ready for the new season.

They'll be doing a bit of tweaking this year to make a run for the playoffs in District 12 1A.

The Cougars did lose some players last year due to graduation but head coach Keith Sitton says the team is ready to hit the ground running.

The first scrimmage is scheduled at home against Trinity, August 17, at 9:00 a.m.

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