Thursday, April 17, 2008





Child recovers following collision
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Little 5-year-old Dandre Thompson is at home and doing fine after being released from the hospital recently.
While at play April 6, he didn’t see the white 1996 Oldsmobile, and neither did its driver see him.
Steven L. Snyder of Terrell was hunting for an address in the Northpark neighborhood, located on State Highway 198 north of U.S. Highway 175.
He was heading into the sun, when Thompson started to cross the roadway from a driveway at 417 Kaci Jo Street.
Snyder told police the sun was in his eyes at around 6:30 p.m. and he didn’t see the boy.
Emergency medical services called for helicopter transport to a Dallas hospital. Thompson reportedly received head injuries.
The driver was traveling slowly, well under the 30 mph speed limit, Chief Kyle McAfee told The Monitor.
No charges had been filed at this time.

Go-cart racing on the way

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
A snorkle arm is nearly fully extended for a concrete
pour at Whatz-Up Family Entertainment Center on
State Highway 334 in Seven Points Monday.
Management plans to admit its first go-kart customer
on the Grand Prix-style track by June 14.

HC starts facility review process
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

ATHENS–Henderson County Commissioners began the search for an architectural firm to update the county’s 2003 facilities master plan Tuesday.
Commissioners want to plan for future expansion of county services and facilities to keep up with the county’s growth.
The request for proposal (RFP) follows a generous $100,000 gift from the Ginger Murchison Foundation to fund a facilities study, which would include consideration for the economic welfare of downtown Athens, as well as the possible use of available buildings bordering the square.
In late February, the Murchison Foundation offered the funding, plus the Foundation’s land on the southwest corner of the courthouse square, as an alternative to the county purchasing land for future expansion on Loop 7.
After hearing the Foundation’s offer – one of five proposed alternatives for properties on or near the courthouse square – the commissioners agreed to drop a purchase option on the Loop 7 property Feb. 26.
Commissioners agreed to advertise for RFPs in area newspapers, and on state and county websites, for at least 14 days.
A pre-bid conference to tour the Foundation’s building and other surrounding properties offered for consideration is set for May 10, and the deadline for proposals is May 15.
The bid is expected to be awarded in June, with a completed study and recommendations ready by Sept. 30.
“I’ve spoken with about 12 firms interested in doing the study,” County Judge David Holstein said.
In other business, commissioners:
• declared an emergency in order to reallocate $88,000 from the Road & Bridge Reserve to purchase a new backhoe at the request of Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Hall.
The sum is to be reimbursed to the reserve fund over a period of five years (until 2012) in equal $17,600 payments.
• accepted the 9-1-1 District Budget for fiscal year 2009, which begins May 1.
Highlights include a growing capital reserve in anticipation of upgrading to the next generation of communications technology, to include text messaging and pictures/videos from cell phones, district executive director Kim Ward explained.
• renewed contracts with the state attorney general and with APPRISS, a reporting vendor, to continue services relating to The Victim Information and Notification Everyday Grant.
• allocated road number 3426 to a road located in Rockwood Mountain Estates subdivision, once it completes its two-year maintenance program and is accepted into the county.
• authorized the use of county labor and equipment to assist the City of Poynor with patching and repairing streets, and Shady Oaks Volunteer Fire Department with its parking lot and driveway.
• authorized the tax office to refund four accounts for tax overpayments.
• accepted budget revision amendments for fiscal year 2007.
• paid bills totaling $618,235.40, of which $411,000 was for jail expansion project expenses.
• approved a settlement in the case of Dennis vs. Henderson County.

Special Olympians sit tall in
the saddle

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Special Olympian Mary Lewis gets some help to mount her steed during
the equestrian events at Mabank’s Andrew Gibbs Arena during the eighth annual
Special Olympics Spring Games Saturday. More than 200 special athletes from
around the region converged on Mabank to compete in track and field, cycling
and equestrian events.



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