Thursday, June 5, 2008





Man found in road
Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON–A man found lying in the middle of State Highway 243 just west of Canton early Monday morning has been identified as Travis Ainsworth, 17, of Kaufman.
Van Zandt County Investigators are now trying to piece together what happened.
Sheriff “Pat” Burnett said his office was notified around 2:15 a.m. that an “incoherent but conscious” man had been discovered lying in the road about two miles west of Canton High School. Medical personnel could not stabilize the man’s condition, so he was taken by ambulance to Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman, where he was dead on arrival.
Authorities are working the case as a criminal offense and Texas Department of Public Safety officials have gathered information should it turn out to be a motor vehicle accident, Burnett said.
“This incident could be a wide range of things, from a murder to a simple accident, but whatever it is, we have our bases covered,” Burnett said Tuesday.
Burnett asked anyone who might have been traveling on SH 243, or in the area early Monday, or who might have any information about the man or the circumstances of his death, to call his office at (903) 567-4133.
“If you think you might have hit something in the road, please let us know so that we can come out and take a look at your car,” he said.

Western Week on the horizon
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Mabank Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for the 53rd annual Rodeo and Western Week, set for June 23-28.
New this year is a Western Week Junior Rodeo on June 26. Only 20 entrants in each age group will be allowed to compete in Barrels and Poles.
There are four age groups and a Mutton Bustin’ event for 7 year olds and under, but entrants must provide their own safety equipment.
All events require a $10 entry fee and prizes will be given for first, second and third places in all events, with $100 added money in each event.
Signups are being taken at the Mabank Fire Station on East Mason Street, or inquiries may be made by calling (903) 887-4747.
Deadline is 5:30 p.m. on the day of the rodeo. The contest begins at 7:30 p.m. at Andrew Gibbs Memorial Arena.
The Junior Rodeo is followed by two nights of UPRA rodeo action on Friday-Saturday, June 27-28. Negative Coggins required. Books open at 6 p.m. June 23, and a dress code will be enforced. No call backs.
Events include bareback, calf roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, ladies open barrels, novice barrels, calf scramble and bull riding, with $400 added money each event.
Admission is $5 each night and only $1 for the Junior Rodeo.
A rodeo parade begins at 4 p.m Saturday, June 28.
Entry forms for the parade are also available at the Mabank Fire Department.
Lineup begins at 3 p.m. at the Andrew Gibbs Memorial Rodeo Arena. The best Western Theme float or Wagon will vy for first, second and third place money of $100, $75 and $50. Deadline to sign up is an hour before lineup.
Saturday night’s rodeo action will finish off with live country and western music at The Pavilion for your listening and dancing pleasure. An excellent band is being booked for this event.
Be sure to bring your lawn chairs to truly enjoy the music-filled evening and a cooler for snacks and beverages for the kids.
The rodeo queen contestants rehearse their moves at the arena at 7 p.m. Monday, June 23.
The kickoff fun begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the Mabank Pavilion with games for the youngsters and the traditional bed race at 8 p.m.
It takes five to make a team – four to push and one to ride (or fly). Entry forms are due by 5 p.m. on race day. Beds are provided.
Nothing beats Mabank Western Week for rural Texas, small, hometown fun and fellowship, so mark your calendars and plan on being there.
Yee Haw!

Firefighters respond to
Hidden Hills Harbor blaze

Courtesy Photos
A firefighter directs a stream of water onto the roof of a mobile home on Oak Hill Drive in Hidden Hills Harbor May 26. Some 21 firefighters from Log Cabin and Gun Barrel City departments responded to the alarm, and found the home fully involved on arrival.

Police: “We always get our man”
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–A man who escaped from Seven Points police nearly a month ago has again been apprehended.
Quinten Lewis Bush, 44, is being held in the Henderson County Jail on felony charges of escape, possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges for drug paraphernalia possession and theft less than $500.
Total bonds amount to 19,500. He also has two outstanding Seven Points city court warrants.
Acting on a tip, Sgt. Brad Hendricks went to an RV park on Farm-to-Market 85 around 9 p.m. Saturday looking for Bush and located him without incident.
However, on May 6, it was a different story. While trying to serve Bush a misdemeanor warrant at a rundown residence on Village Avenue, Hendricks had to approach the “shack” on foot to overcome several barricades. He didn’t encounter anyone and left the site to return later.
Upon his return, he found Bush in a camper set in a pick-up truck bed.
Bush had a spoon and a baggie containing what appeared to be methamphetamine.
Hendricks secured Bush to the tailgate of the truck with handcuffs while he finished processing the scene.
However, Bush worked a small latch on the side of the tailgate that released it and was able to escape.
Seven Points police continued to search the area, and though they did not locate him then, Hendricks was sure he would catch him again. And he did.


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