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February 12, 2012






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Presidents Day closings
In honor of Presidents Day, county offices in Van Zandt and Kaufman are closed. Henderson County offices are open.
Banks and post offices will close, however check with your bank for its hours if located within another business facility.
All area city offices will be open for business.

Free tax help
The Tri-County Library free tax lady is taking names and phone numbers (no long distance or cell numbers) and the best time for her to call to set up an appointment. She will call twice only. Some, not all forms are at the library, limit two please. Forms are received as the IRS sends them.
For information or to leave name for an appointment, call (903) 887-9622.

VZ Senior Citizens Club
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club will host their monthly dance at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Henderson County Senior Center in Athens. Country Western music is provided by Joe Walenta and the Ranch Hands.

Putting on the Ritz
Sons of the American Legion Post 310, are hosting a dinner and dance, “Putting on the Ritz,” dinner from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by a dance, Saturday, Feb. 11, benefitting local charities. The menu features pork tenderloin, potatoes, green beans, salad and cheesecake. Tickets available at the Post, located at 111 Leeway, Gun Barrel City. For information, call (903) 887-3532.

Styx Baptist celebration
Styx Baptist Church will be celebrating Pastor Scot Bonner’s first anniversary with the church, with a pot luck luncheon following worship service Sunday (today). All are welcome.

Bluegrass gospel music
The Prairie Wind Band of Bluegrass Gospel Music will present the 11 a.m. Sunday (today), program at Memorial Baptist Church located on CR 3094, one mile off FM 148 past the Peel Town curve. For information, call (903) 498-3310.

Senior Valentine’s dance
The Senior Center at the Ball Park in Mabank is hosting a spaghetti dinner and dance from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the center at 405 West Walnut, Mabank. Music by Joe Walenta and the Gang. Everyone is welcome.

CCL literary club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. Rose-Mary Rumbley will present the program, “Texas Love Affairs.” For info, call (903) 778-4752.

Sarah Maples DAR
The Sarah Maples Chapter DAR annual George Washington Tea is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake. Gary Sisson will present, “Patrick Henry.” This is an invitation only tea.

American Legion dinner
The American Legion Post 310 is hosting a chalupa/tostado dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the post home on SH 198, Gun Barrel City. Proceeds benefit area children and youth activities.

Watercolor Society
The Star Harbor Watercolor Society is hosting an art show and sale from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19,, at Star Harbor City Hall, located on Cedar Creek Lake, Malakoff. Refreshments provided. For information, call (903) 489-0091.

Valentine’s dinner
The Order of the Eastern Star No. 1114 is hosting a Valentine’s Friendship Dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the First United Methodist Church in Tool. Donations appreciated for meal of beef tips, rice, green beans, carrots, rolls and dessert.

S–R dinner & auction
Scurry–Rosser FFA and 4–H Parents and Friends annual dinner at 5:30 to 7 p.m. and auction at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the high school cafeteria. Menu is barbecue brisket and trimmings.

Confederate Rose meets
The Confederate Rose chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the home of Johna Lamb. Women interested in investigating their family history in relation to the UDC are welcome. For information, see chapter website

Rootseekers Society
The Rootseekers Genealogy Society is at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Tri-county Library in downtown Mabank. Lana Napper will present, “Our First Congress.” Meetings are open to the public and to those interested in genealogy.

Styx gospel singing
The Styx Baptist Church is hosting its fourth Friday gospel singing, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. For information call (214) 616-4659.

K of C fish fry
The Knights of Columbus, Mary Queen of Heaven Council, Malakoff, is hosting an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Meal includes catfish, French fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, drinks and home-baked goodies. Take SH 198 to Star Harbor Road (CR 3062) in Malakoff. Follow Catholic Church sign to CR 1703 (across from Malakoff High School).

VZ Democrats meet
The Van Zandt County Democrats meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Van Zandt Democratic Headquarters located at 510 S. Trades Day Blvd, Canton. For information, call (903) 567-8484.

Walk-in free tax help
The Tri-County Library is hosting a special walk-in free tax preparation on a first come basis. Bring your information from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, to 132 E. Market Street, Mabank. For information call the library at (903) 887-9622.

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Collisions snarl traffic on 198 bridge
DWI investigation underway; trying to beat red light results in second crash
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

PAYNE SPRINGS–Payne Springs police have turned over a DWI investigation to the Henderson County District Attorney in relation to a collision on State Highway 198 that blocked traffic for nearly two hours Feb. 3.
At the scene just south of the Gun Barrel City bridge, Bryan Rodgers, 37, of Cherokee Shores, was cited for driving with an expired license with a previous conviction and for not carrying car insurance, according to officer Aaron Mitchell, who was first on scene around 5:30 p.m..
“Alcohol was definitely involved,” Mitchell said, adding both vehicles sustained heavy damage.
Rodgers’ 1991 Pontiac Grand Am is thought to have been northbound, when he crossed the center line sideswiping a southbound GMC pickup truck pulling a utility trailer, driven by Domingo Palomarez, 50, of Gun Barrel City.
Both drivers were transported to the emergency center in Gun Barrel City with non-life-threatening injuries.
Three other adults were in the truck and the trailer was loaded with dirt, bricks and rocks consistent with a landscaping business.
This material was strewn across the roadway. Payne Springs Fire Rescue volunteers assisted in clearing the road of debris and the vehicles were towed by Holtz Wrecker Service.
Also assisting were officers from Gun Barrel City and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
A second collision at the intersection of Harbor Point Road and West Main in Gun Barrel City Monday, tied up traffic for a short period, while totaled vehicles were hauled off.
According to a Gun Barrel City police report, the 6:30 p.m. collision was the result of two drivers headed in opposite directions attempting to beat the red light.
Tyler Cole Castle, 22, was moving eastbound in a 1999 white Chevy pickup in the 1800 block of West Main and tried to make a left turn onto Harbor Point Road.
Deborah K. Mabe, 53, was traveling westbound in a 1991 Chevy pickup on the inside lane, when Castle’s truck collided with her truck.
Mabe was taken to the Emergency room with possible injuries.



Stolen airplane found
Eight year-old boy assists recovery
Monotor Staff Reports
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY– An airplane reported stolen from the Athens Municipal Airport Jan. 28 was recovered in Nacogdoches County Monday.
The airplane was found at a private airstrip on County Road 536. The suspect in the theft, Nacogdoches resident Terry Lynn Boozer, 56, fled the scene when deputies arrived.
KTRE News reports that Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss said “We rushed out to the scene and managed to find the plane. The engine was still warm and the suspect was in the vicinity. Once he spotted officers he ran. [Boozer] fled into nearby wooded area on foot. We gave chase and seven or eight minutes later he was captured.”
This is not the first time Boozer has been in trouble. He was arrested in November in connection with a meth lab seizure in Nacogdoches County. He remains in custody on a felony theft charge.
Some reports indicate that an 8 year-old boy , Madison Simmons, helped track down Boozer.
According to the Associated Press, the boy noticed that a plane had landed on a private airstrip and went online to confirm the plane’s N-number. Discovering it matched the numbers on the stolen airplane from Athens, he told his father, who called the Nacogdoches police.
According to an Athens Daily Review article, Athens Police Department reported the plane was a 1980 model Cessna, valued at $110,000. The plane was white, with red striping, and reported to be in excellent condition, as if it had been recently refurbished.
The Cessna had been parked at the Athens Jet Center at 1900 Airport Rd before it went missing. There were no signs of forced entry.
Boozer will face evading arrest charges in Nacogdoches County, and theft charges from Athens. Because Boozer was in possession of the stolen plane, he could be charged with the theft in Nacogdoches, but Kerss said they would let Henderson County authorities handle the charge, since that was the location of both the victim and incident.
He said several hours of flight time were recorded during the period the plane was missing and authorities are working to figure out where the plane visited since it was reported stolen between Jan. 26 and Jan. 28.
The theft charge is a second-degree felony, punishable by two to 20 years incarceration and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Kerss said Simmons will receive commendations from the department for helping locate and arrest a suspect in relation to the case.






























































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