Hundreds united against parolees in Grayson Co.

By: KXII-Staff Email
By: KXII-Staff Email

HOWE, TX -- Hundreds of Grayson County residents are showing their opposition to parolees in their neighborhood. Area leaders are also researching ways to keep what one ministry calls a guest house from coming to the area.

A standing room only crowd flocked to the Howe Church of Christ. Several officials from all across Grayson County were in attendance. Officials say the area parole board has to give their stamp of approval on the facility to make sure the facility is an adequate place for parolees.

There are no laws on whether the privately funded facility can exist. Mission Gate is receiving funds from Parkside Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Denison to operate the facility.

"It's not that nobody believes in rehabilitating people, just not in a residential area. It's not the right place for it," says Nicole Murphy, a concerned parent.

Ministry leaders say only born again Christians would live at the home and it would be a positive addition to the area.

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  • by Barbara Kralis Location: Howe on Jan 11, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    Someone here mentioned Howe residents as 'being judgmental.' This is gross theological misunderstanding of what Jesus meant. People in Howe are not judging anyone's eternal reward of heaven or hell. Instead we are using our God given gift of 'rational judgment' which determines hundreds of times each day if something is good or bad, if someone's fruits are good or bad/dangerous or non-dangerous, if traffic is fast or slow, if the water is hot or cold, if this child is an appropriate playmate for our kiddos, is this toy safe for my infant, etc. Without our use of 'rational judgment' we could not survive one day on this earth. We must be judgmental hundreds of times each day, using 'rational judgment. I hope this helps you understand this better.
  • by Angie Location: Howe on Jan 10, 2008 at 05:09 AM
    Im am very disappointed in my community.Ive lived in Howe for 10 years and I am raising 3 children here. If you live here you know this town revolves around church and school. I am amazed at how many people feel so free of sin that their casting stones. My husband is a convict currently in prison for the last 8 years and will be home within a couple of months, so this is very close to home for me. I feel a community is so supposed to built on support and helping your neighbors. The people against this are so blind and selfish. Do you not realize how many people already living among you are sex offenders and ex cons? So whats next? Are you going to go to door to door and run these people of town. I realize not everyone can rehabilitated, but the more help and support they get from family, church ,and community these people can find their way.As much asa people wander "What would Jesus do ?" I wonder " What would Jesus THINK?" I have always been a proud resident and now Im just ashamed!
  • by David Location: Grayson County on Jan 4, 2008 at 11:07 AM
    To Kelly.You need to go take some business courses in economics.Yes property values will drop.
  • by Dave Location: grayson county on Jan 4, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    To Carmen.Just be ware of your comments because one day in the future if not Mission Gates another organization like this could possible come to your town and remember VanAlystne is a wet town.Where do you think these parolles are going to buy there beer.So keep a close eye on your children because they will be roaming your streets and casing out your property as well.Are you so ignorant that you dont think this will effect your town.How ludricous is that.
  • by fern Location: rural area/sherman on Jan 3, 2008 at 06:36 AM
    Rick Mathes, Your quote from Jesus works both ways. Yes I am a Christian and I believe in giving people a second chance. But way place your half way/guest house in a residental rural area?
  • by Rick Mathes Location: St. Louis MO on Jan 2, 2008 at 03:23 PM
    Jesus said, "Whatever you do to these my brothers, even the least of them, you have done it to Me." No room at the INN Howe could this happen in a Christian commnunity?
  • by tommie Location: next door on Dec 24, 2007 at 01:36 PM
    HOWE is just a joke anyway,so why does it matter who lives there.just party hard people and once again get over it
  • by michelle Location: howe on Dec 24, 2007 at 09:02 AM
    BL, I don't think you understood my comment. If you look up local sex offenders on the website, you will see that some of them are currently back in jail for failing to register. You try and make it sound like I know where a bunch of non-registered offenders live. I don't. If they don't register and get caught they go right back to jail. How many
  • by B.L. Location: Sherman on Dec 23, 2007 at 07:03 PM
    Michelle from Howe do you happen to know how many sex offenders are not registered in Grayson county, do you really think that when they move into Grayson County they are going to register I think not
  • by michelle Location: howe on Dec 23, 2007 at 07:59 AM
    "There are no jobs here and not even a grocery store to buy food". So, why do ANY of us live here? I'm not "for" the home, but I as SO disappointed to see so many of my "good" neighbors go off in a rage, predicting and declaring things that they don't know to be true. Assuming that someone is going to break into your house is irrational. "child molesters" and "rapists" would have to be registered as residents (and look at the websites to see what happens to them if they don't). As I sat in church this morning, I couldn't help but feel awful that my friends and neighbors are behaving like the Puritans at the Salem Witch Trials, this being 2007. This is not what I moved to Howe for my family to experience. It hurts :(
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