Sunday, March 23, 2008






  Motorcycle accident sends one to hospital
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–Following an accident at dusk Saturday, the driver of a 1994 Harley-Davidson was airlifted to a Tyler hospital with broken ribs and shoulder.
His passenger, Katherine Boles, 57, of Gun Barrel City was transported for emergency care in Gun Barrel City where she received about 20 stitches in her head. She was treated and released with cuts and bruising.
Neither one was wearing a helmet, Seven Points patrolman Rodney Henderson told The Monitor.
This was the second motorcycle accident Jay Cashion, 47, of Mabank has been involved in, Henderson said.
Cashion was driving southbound on State Highway 274 in Seven Points nearing Pop’s Cafeteria when Virginia Garret, 69, of Seven Points driving a 2000 Toyota northbound on SH 274 attempted a left turn into the popular diner. She reports not seeing the motorcycle.
Police got the call at 7:50 p.m., Henderson reported. No one has been charged in the incident.

EDC considers higher education survey
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Concerned by a lack of higher education opportunities in the immediate area, Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation board members agreed to develop a multi-pronged survey to determine the demand for college-level classes.
Noting the recent efforts of the city to obtain a full-fledged hospital in the area, “I’m concerned with the lack of continuing education here,” EDC board president Steve Webster told the board.
Since (he said) Webster had virtually no knowledge about the availability of college-level courses, he spoke with representatives of Athens-based Trinity Valley Community College.
Webster said the TVCC representatives told him there were no problems in getting facilities or teachers – just students.
“We might need to determine what the community will support,” Webster said.
Webster said a former teacher is very interested in serving on a survey committee, and asked consultant Jack Thompson if the EDC could legally fund such a survey.
Thompson admitted he would have to research the law to check, although it might be possible to fund the survey as a workforce training activity.
“We could check with local businesses to see if there is a pattern, say, basic accounting is a need here,” Thompson added, suggesting the survey could be two-pronged, checking with both businesses and the public.
Board treasurer Dennis Baade volunteered to head the committee, as Webster said he would serve, along with Gun Barrel City Manager Gerry Boren, also in attendance.
In other business, the EDC board:
• heard director Richard Wendel outline the 14 assessments used in the application for becoming a Certified retirement Community.
Board members divided up the different assessments among themselves, each taking a couple of items (such as medical facilities and entertainment venues) to research.
“Anything within an hour’s drive is acceptable, so anything (featured) in Dallas we can take,” Wendel noted.
• heard Thompson report about recent contacts with major nationwide restaurant chains.
“Most of our responses were fairly bleak,” he said, “although we did have several requests for more demographic information by e-mail.”
While the Texas economy remains fairly strong, the economic picture in other areas of the country is so depressed, many restaurant chains are planning no openings at all the rest of this year and possibly into 2009, he reported.
The next group of contacts will be targeted at major retailers, Thompson said.
• met in closed session for about 45 minutes, but took no action upon reopening.

American Profile adds NBC television guide: The Peacock
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The very popular American Profile found inside this issue of The Monitor features a brand new eight-page section covering entertainment news and television personalities.
The Peacock, a product of NBC News, will give a colorful and informative “insider’s” view of the television news programs you love to watch.
Publishing Group of America, through its alliance with the NBC network, is proud to bring added value and interest to your newspaper reading.
After this initial offering of The Peacock, you will find it in your American Profile on the first Sunday of every month.
The Monitor brings you American Profile every Sunday.

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