People, Places & Events


Constable seeks information
Destruction of roadsides; theft over $2,200
Monitor Staff Reports
VAN ZANDT–Precinct 2 Constable C.B. Wiley is seeking information leading to the arrest of persons stealing road signs and traffic devices on Van Zandt County roads 2708, 2712, 2713, and 2721.
Damage to ditches along these roads in the Elm Grove area is also evident.
“After most rains in the area, local hoodlums think it real smart to tear up the drainage ditches,” Wiley said.
“This damage costs the tax payers hundreds of dollars every year.
“Damage is done to entry ways to pastures and homes and the damage opens the way for erosion and roads to wash out,” Wiley added.
Local property owners have reported a few descriptions of people along with license plate numbers.
Tracks left by all-terrain vehicles were also found at the criminal mischief sites.
The fine for criminal mischief is subject to the amount of damage done.
Thousands of dollars worth of judgments could be entered against the subjects or their families to pay for any damage, Wiley added.
A resident just off State Highway 243 near the Van Zandt and Kaufman county line reported a theft of equipment worth $2,200.
Charles Poston reported items missing between Jan. 8-14.
Poston reports unknown persons entering his garage and removing a gray 100-gallon stand-up twin compressor. The unit was a 220 volt unit with “America” painted in red,white and blue paint. It was valued at $1,500.
Also taken in the theft was $700 worth of truck tire changing tools with large truck wrenches and other items.
The suspects backed up a vehicle to a low ditch area and loaded it out.
The compressor weighed nearly 350 pounds, so it is believed that more than one person was involved. Evidence left at the scene is being studied.
If anyone has seen these items or knows something about the roadside damage is asked to call Wiley’s office t (903) 848-HELP (4357).

Area youth participate in leadership program
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Members of the first Henderson County Toastmasters met for their final meeting of the school year Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Henderson Extension Office in Athens.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people develop communication and leadership skills.
Area students participated in Toastmasters’ Youth Leadership Program and completed an informal course in the arts of communication and leadership.
The first Henderson County Toastmasters was organized by Dana Wise of Mabank and convened for its first meeting in October.
Students met twice a month and learned to organize and prepare effective speeches, evaluate speeches, apply good listening skills, practice impromptu speeches, and learned how to participate in group discussion.
Students gained leadership skills by serving as club officers and by conducting meetings according to parliamentary procedure.
Students were given plenty of opportunities to practice speeches in a friendly, positive atmosphere.
Students presented speeches of their choice on a range of topics including: how to throw an eventful party, the cognitive benefits of chess, the cause and treatment of leukemia, cause and effect of the Great Depression, and the qualities of a responsible babysitter.
At their final meeting Toastmasters participated in an extremely thoughtful panel discussion debating and addressing the issues surrounding illegal immigration.
Current officers are Presley Sanderson, president, a seventh grade homeschooler from Brownsboro; Maria Murry, vice-president, a ninth grade homeschooler from Athens; Olivia Wise, secretary, a ninth grade homeschooler from Mabank; and Caleb Wise, sergeant at arms, a seventh grade homeschooler from Mabank.

Pinnacle women donate to the Library at Cedar Creek Lake
Special to The Monitor
PAYNE SPRINGS–The Library at Cedar Creek is the largest library serving the lake area with more than 100,000 visits each year.
More than one-half of the operational expenses come from individual contributions and the Pinnacle Women’s Club is pleased to donate $1,500 to this worthwhile cause.
The Library not only offers the tools to enhance the love of reading and foster developmental learning, but also offers GED classes, free internet use, free tax assessments provided by AARP, kid’s reading programs, childhood crafts, and meeting places for various organizations within the community.
As its major fund-raiser this year, the Library Endowment Board has put together a classical music concert series featuring a quartet from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
The concerts will be February 3 and March 24, at the Main Place Cinema in Seven Points with the pre-concert entertainment provided by a group of singers from Mabank High School.
“This is a major event for the Library as well as the lake area community and having the opportunity to provide a cultural outlet the magnitude of the DSO is very exciting and rewarding,” endowment board chairman Karen Kennedy said.
For more information call the library at (903) 432-4185.