Thursday, February 21, 2008






  Tragic collision kills two in family
Monitor Staff Reports
BERRYVILLE–Shane Lawrence Morgan, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church in Berryville, along with his daughter 12-year-old Kalee were killed Feb. 13 in a head-on collision.
His wife Lisa Ann and 4-year-old daughter Emily Paige survived the crash and were reported recovering Friday at Mother Frances Hospital and Parkland Hospital in Dallas by the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
Department of Public Safety trooper James Martin reported the accident occurred about 4:45 p.m. on Farm-to-Market 317, about 18 miles south of Brownsboro.
Morgan, 34, died of his injuries at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, while his daughter was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report.
Naval Chief Petty Officer Jose Luis Joel Miramontes Jr., 31, of Kemp was driving westbound on FM 317 in a 2007 Chevrolet Impala and attempted to pass another vehicle when he went into oncoming traffic and struck head-on the 2006 Suzuki Morgan was driving.
Martin noted the crash site was in a passing zone, but on a hill with a small dip that could obstruct the view of a passing car.
Miramontes was transported to Tyler ETMC, where he remained in serious condition with multiple injuries, including broken legs, Martin reported.
He also reported that Miramontes told him the sun was in his eyes when he moved to pass the other vehicle.
Troopers were reconstructing the accident using computer programs. No charges were filed, pending their investigation.
Lisa Ann Morgan is a fourth grade teacher at Brownsboro Intermediate – the same school daughter Kalee attended.
Children at the school were informed of the wreck before classes commenced on Thursday, Valentine’s Day.
Brownsboro ISD assistant superintendent Vicki York reports this is third time since December the district has dealt with death among its employees.
A teacher’s husband was killed while building a barn and another faculty member lost her 4-year-old to a sudden illness. She added that Lisa graduated from Brownsboro and her mother had also been a teacher at the school.
A memorial fund has been set up at the First State Bank of Frankston and donations can also be made to the bank’s branches in Noonday and Palestine.


Two deaths being investigated in VZ
By Donna Limberger
Staff Writer

WILLS POINT—The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of two men. Their bodies were found Friday evening in a house on VZCR 3724 north of Wills Point.
Malcom McGregor, 61, Wills Point, and William Schoolcraft, 69, Ben Wheeler, were discovered in McGregor’s home.
“These deaths were not due to natural causes. This is a pending investigation. We are waiting for autopsy results and other evidence to be processed before we will be able to piece together the events leading to this incident,” Van Zandt County Sheriff R.P. “Pat” Burnett said.
He added that this is a tragic event for both families involved.
“We are working hard to be able to tell these families what happened to their loved ones,” he said.
Sheriff’s deputies, Wills Point Police officers, Precinct 3 deputy constable, Wills Point EMS and the Texas Rangers were all on the scene Friday night.
Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Ozelle Wilcoxson, conducted the inquest, and the bodies were sent to the Southwest Medical Examiners Office for autopsies.

Jason Boland and The Stragglers to perform March 1
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Jason Boland and the Stragglers will be in concert Saturday, March 1, at Gater’s Sports Bar & Grill, located at 623 S. Gun Barrel Lane, Suite A in Gun Barrel City.
Boland hails from Harrah, Okla., and carries with him the reputation of being a modern day country music outlaw. Both he and his band have been leaders in the Texas and Oklahoma music scene for several years generating such hits as, “Mexico Or Crazy,” “Somewhere Down In Texas,” and “Pearl Snaps.”
In 2006, the band released its highly anticipated new record The Bourbon Legend. Two years removed from Boland’s last record, this new chapter in his story is decidedly the best representation of how much he and his band have matured musically.
The Bourbon Legend stems from a mixture of musical influences culminating in a truly modern country record.
The majority of the songs on the record were influenced by acts such as the Marshall Tucker Band, Johnny Paycheck, Merle Haggard, among others.
Boland, backed by his band of stellar musicians Roger Ray, Brad Rice, Grant Tracy, and Noah Jeffries, has sold more than 100,000 records since 1999.
At Gater’s Friday, Feb. 22, the Randy Rogers Band will be headlining. On Saturday, Feb. 23, David Allan Coe and Ray Wylie Hubbard will be featured.
Tickets are on sale now at Gater’s. To reserve your tickets by credit card, call (903) 880-9960.


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