Sunday, May 30, 2010



  Two held in GBC home invasion
Pregnant woman injured in late-night break-in along Harbor Point Road
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Two men were charged in connection with a late-evening home invasion Tuesday that resulted in injuries to a pregnant woman.
Henderson County deputies Roger Cullom and Amanda Pyle responded to a disturbance call at 1267 Harbor Point Road in Gun Barrel City.
The deputies discovered a man and a pregnant woman who lived at the residence had been assaulted by two men who had broken into the home.
The woman was transported to the East Texas Medical Center-Cedar Creek Lake emergency room in Gun Barrel City, where she was treated for injuries.
Matthew D. Guthrie, 40, was arrested at the scene and charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit an assault.
He was jailed at 2:24 a.m. Wednesday, and was released Wednesday morning after posting $10,000 bond.
Gregory Todd Brown, 38, turned himself in at the sheriff’s office Wednesday afternoon, and was released six minutes later after posting $5,000 bond.
Investigation into the incident is continuing, according to information released Thursday by Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt.

Names sought for veterans’ memorial
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Now that the wall has been finished at the Veterans Memorial Gardens at the Lake, organizers are seeking veterans and veterans’ families to engrave names on the wall.
For a $125 donation, veterans or the families of veterans can get a name engraved in the granite wall at the memorial, located in Mabank’s George Watts Park, just west of the Pavilion.
The engraving will include the name of the veteran, the branch of service (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard) and the years they served (for example, Ross Morris Jr., U.S. Navy, 1944-46).
“We have room for 4,000 names,” memorial organizer Dean Fannin noted. “We’re hoping we can get at least 500 in this first round.”
It has been a lengthy process to get the memorial and its wall built, he added.
“I’ve had veterans asking me when they could get their name on the wall,” Fannin said. “Now that the wall is built, we’re ready for the names.
“We just want to honor all the veterans who served this great nation,” he added. “Not just living veterans, but anyone who served.”
There will be different sections of the wall set up for specific conflicts, such as World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.
“This is not limited to Henderson County or Kaufman County veterans,” Fannin pointed out. “It’s available to whoever served wherever.”
To have your name (or a loved one’s name) engraved on the wall, send your $125 donation (check or money order), listing the veteran’s name, branch of service and the years he/she served, to Veterans Memorial Gardens, P.O. Box 938, Mabank, TX 75147, or 17584 Country Club Drive, Kemp, TX 75143.
For more information, contact Fannin at (903) 887-0126.

Tolosa water plant upgrade plans await TCEQ approval
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–Directors of West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District heard from engineer Kenneth Tillman on the progress of the $1.2 million upgrade project at the Tolosa Water Treatment Plant.
Tillman told district board members Monday plans for the first of three stages are ready for approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
The first stage calls for the installation of a second fresh water ground storage tank at the site. Placement will be between the old plant and the new one. The tank will hold 500,000 gallons.
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Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
The West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District Tolosa Water Treatment Plant is scheduled for a $1.2 million expansion.

The plant was designed to accommodate a mirror image of itself for expansion purposes, general manager Tony Ciardo said.
Directors deemed the expansion project necessary to keep up with the increased water demand on the north side of the district, and found the Tolosa plant is better able to supply it, due to its geographical location.
In the meantime, Tillman, with Espey Consultants, Inc. in Dallas, said he’s working on defining the specifications for a second Trident water treatment unit, which will be stage two.
Also included in this stage will be several line upgrades and at least one line expansion.
The third stage involves the building of a pre-sedimentation pond. Plant operators will have the option of sending water through the pond or not, Ciardo said.
When turbidity is high (great number of suspended particles present), operators will use the pond. The greater the turbidity, the more time it take to treat the water, due to the number of back-washes needed, Ciardo explained.
“This (Trident) unit really does very well at treating dirty water (water with high turbidity),” Ciardo said.
However, use of the pond also requires more chemicals, so treatment will cost a little more. That’s why it’s important to be able to have an option on the pond’s use, Ciardo explained.
Though the current pond has done well with its two-foot-thick clay bottom, the new earthen pond will include a cement floor and partial wall to enable a front-end loader to remove silt buildup.
“It can be scooped out with a small tractor,” Tillman said.
In other business, returning board members Eldon Cox, Joe King, Carolyn Morgan and Jim Scrimshire were administered the oath of office. Also, all board members recertified their Conflict of Interest Statements.


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