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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 27, 2016

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By Emmalee Doss
Monitor Correspondent
MABANK–The Cedar Creek Lake community showed their support for local law enforcement at the Mabank Pavilion July 21 at a prayer vigil.
The first guest speaker was State Senator Bob Hall. Hall said that he has “seen what some people do to taunt and terrorize and create violent situations” and he has the “utmost respect for the way law enforcement handle 99.9 percent of the situations.” He stressed unity and community support for law enforcement in the area.
Mabank Police Chief Keith Bradshaw took his turn at the podium and said that he grew up locally. He said that he has known the majority of people he interacts with all of his life. “No matter race, religion or political affiliation if you call we will be there,” Bradshaw said.
Mabank High School Representative Jason Caldwell told his version of Zig Ziglar’s heaven and hell story. In the story, those in heaven worked together and fed one another. He compared Mabank to heaven stating that the four years he has lived here he has felt welcomed and at home. He commended the community and their support for the Mabank Police Department.
Pastor Larry Strandberg from First Baptist Church of Mabank spoke of how he and his family feel safe in Mabank. He stressed that the security he enjoyed would not be available without local law enforcement.
Pastor Dana Norton of First United Methodist Church in Mabank said local police officers do an excellent job. “The men and women in blue serve us; that is what makes them so good at their jobs.”
Reverend H.L. Brown of Greater Elam Grove Baptist Church closed the evening with a moving prayer as the people of Mabank stood united, hand in hand as a community, and joined the crowd as Kat Fox led everyone in attendance in a verse of “God Bless America.”

Jul

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 27, 2016

Special to The Monitor
HENDERSON COUNTY–The Athens Cain Center Megalodons finished their summer season this past weekend with a second place finish in the East Texas Summer Swim League Medium Team Division.
Due to the gaining popularity of swimming in Athens over the past year, the Megalodons moved up from the Small Team Division to the Medium Team Division.
The scoring during this weekend’s meet was led by the six-and-under division swimmer Jocelyn Villagrana.
Eight-and-under division swimmers were Evan Loper, Emma Kirksey, Riley Loper, Katie Golmon and Allison Roberts.
The 10-and-under division scoring was led by Beau Thompson, Gabrielle Baez, Jayce Baez, Katlyn Roberts, Sophie Wright, Avery Robinson and Evan Roach.
The 11-and-12-year old division scoring was led by Lexi Pugh, Shelby Lehr and Nash Dansby.
The 13-to-14-year old division was led by Chloe Wright, Anna Parsons, Tristan Catugal, Torryn Traxson, Gage Hardin, Skylar Fain, Brodi Phillips and Ethan Bowland.
The seniors were led by Lauren Takata, Sarah Barnes, Caysea Clark, Jami Boyd and Dawson Walker.
Coach Willy Robson said, “We had an extremely good meet, and the kids swam very well.”
In preparation for this meet, the swimmers have been practicing Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. since June 1.
All of the Megalodons qualified for the All-Star meet July 23-24 in Nacogdoches.
Evan Roach, Evan Loper and Riley Loper all qualified for the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation State Swimming Championships to be held in McAllen July 28-31.
The team will continue practicing until Athens schools start.
The Megalodons will then practice from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Cain Center pool.
Anyone interested in joining the swim team can contact the Athens Cain Center at (903) 677-2000.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 27, 2016

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Special to The Monitor
HENDERSON COUNTY–On Saturday, July 23, at approximately 8:25 a.m., the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a witness reporting there was a man near FM 315 outside of Chandler who had been held at gunpoint and was being beaten. The caller said that the suspect then tied the victim’s hands and feet together with a rope, threw him in the bed of a tan colored Ford pickup and drove away.
HCSO Sergeant Thomas Goodell and Deputies Tell Walker and Ray Yockey responded to the call. Deputies located the victim at his residence. The victim showed signs of having been assaulted and was bleeding. The victim, 54-year-old Dwayne Welch, told deputies that he was asleep in his tent. He said that the next thing he knew, he was thrown out on CR 4307 a mile or two from his residence. Welch suffered cuts and abrasions to his head, along with other contusions and bruises on his body. Welch was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Athens where he was treated and released.
Deputies searched the area for a truck matching the description given by the witness. Sergeant Goodell noticed a vehicle matching the description parked at a residence located near the end of CR 4307. Sgt. Goodell observed evidence indicating that the bed of the pickup had been recently washed. Goodell also observed what appeared to be traces of blood in the bed of the pickup. Sgt. Goodell made contact with Derrick Cofer at the residence. Cofer admitted to striking the victim with a shotgun, assaulting him, binding him and transporting him against his will. Cofer said that he thought Welch had something to do with Cofer’s wallet going missing earlier in the morning.
Derrick Cofer was placed under arrest and booked into the Henderson County Justice Center on the offense of Aggravated Kidnapping, a First Degree Felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Judge Kevin Pollack who set bond at $5,000. Cofer posted bond and was released.