Bloodhounds find fleeing
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Van Zandt County Precinct 2 Constable C.B. Wiley sent two
bloodhound tracking teams north of Cedar Creek Lake off U.S. Highway
175, west of Mabank High School, in search of a fleeing juvenile last
Travis County Child Protection Services had picked up the 17-year-old
female from the Mabank High School area, and was transporting her back
to Austin when she jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a heavily
wooded area, Wiley reported.
The Van Zandt County Bloodhound tracking team – handlers Orbin Smith
with T-Bone and Cash Wiley with Constable – conducted the search.
Deputies on horseback and ATVs, along with concerned citizens and other
police officers, formed a perimeter around the area while the search was
Deteriorating weather conditions were a concern for the searchers, as a
storm was blowing into the area, Wiley reported.
Cash Wiley and Constable found the tired teenager in the far north
corner of the wooded area after about two hours.
EMS was called to check her out for scratches and a barbed wire cut on
her arm. She was released to her mother and CPS officials.
The Van Zandt Bloodhound Team is a nonprofit organization whose mission
is search and rescue on missing persons, children, adults and fugitives.
It assists law enforcement in searches for evidence at no charge and
works on donations only.
The team is need of volunteers and equipment, including radios,
flashlights and ATVs. The team meets to train at 4 p.m. each Tuesday at
Wiley’s Gun Shop, just north of State Highway 243 west of Canton.
For more information, contact C.B. Wiley at (903) 880-5955.
TVCC participates in
Intensive Summer Program
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) will again be
participating in the Intensive Summer Program (ISP) this year.
Thanks to a $130,500 grant, the college has been selected by the Texas
Higher Education Board to participate in the program through 2011.
Through the ISP, students can take either developmental math or
The program allows students to complete a series of classes which
normally take three full semesters in 10 weeks.
In order to attend college, students in Texas are required to pass the
Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.
Those who don’t pass the exam can still take credit courses, but they
must also enroll in developmental classes.
The ISP allows a student to enroll in developmental classes over the
summer, thus getting their required coursework done in a third of the
This is the second year TVCC has participated in the ISP.
In the first year last summer, 31 students participated. This year, the
college expects to serve 50 students.
According to Dr. Jeremy P. McMillen, associate vice president for
academic education, the first year of the program was a success.
“It’s very intensive; students have to work really hard,” McMillen said.
“It’s a very vigorous program, but we ran this last summer and had
“We have monitored their progress, and most of the students who took
math last summer have now passed College Algebra,” McMillen said.
“Usually, they wouldn’t even be in the last stage of developmental math
(by this point),” McMillen added.
McMillen also said the reading program was also successful.
“We were very pleased with our overall results last year,” McMillen
said. “Students got through our program and have been successful.”
While this will be the second year for ISP at TVCC, it will be the first
year College Algebra has been a part of the program, and also the first
time Developmental Math is being offered on the Palestine campus.
Tuition and book scholarships are available for students interested in
the Math programs.
“ISP is not just for high school graduates. It is for anyone not college
ready (haven’t passed all areas of THEA test – in this case, math or
reading) and not already having 30 hours of college credit,” McMillen
“The program serves the whole adult population, and not just recent high
school graduates,” McMillen said. “(All ages) are certainly welcome to
During the program, students participating in developmental math or
reading will attend class from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday.
The College Algebra class is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday
In addition to students completing their development requirements, they
also earn three hours of college credit for Psychology 1300.
Students are required to take a Learning Frameworks Class, which will
help them develop study skills, according to McMillen.
He also said Learning Frameworks helps students figure out how to learn
and establish study techniques that will be effective.
The ISP is split into three tracks, two for math and one for reading.
Students who have already had some developmental classes can still
enroll in the program.
Registration is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, during Summer I
registration. Late registration is scheduled for June 1.
Students can complete the application for the program on-line at htpp://www.tvcc.edu/AIM.
For additional information, contact (903) 675-6238 or e-mail at
Motorcyclist leads high-speed
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–A high-speed chase on U.S. 175 early Tuesday ended in Palestine
with the arrest of a 27-year-old Mesquite man.
Robert Wayne Dehaven was taken to the Henderson County Jail and charged
with operating an unregistered vehicle, driving without a license,
driving without liability insurance and violation of a promise to appear
More charges are expected, including evading arrest.
Eustace police officer John Dixon said his department was made aware of
the motorcycle around 6 a.m. when a Mabank officer clocked it heading
east at more than 100 mph.
Eustace PD pursued the motorcycle toward Athens.
“At one point, we had his speed at 170 mph,” Dixon said.
Several sheriff’s deputies joined the chase when the motorcycle turned
east on Loop 7. However the chase was called off due to traffic and
Officers lost sight of the motorcycle near Murchison Ranch.
Another turn of events renewed hope of catching the speeder when an
anonymous phone tip said Dehaven was at his workplace in Palestine.
Eustace police officers arrested him near the worksite with the help of
the Palestine Police Department and state troopers.
Dehaven is being held on warrants out of Athens until charges of evading
arrest can be made, Dixon said.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at