Sunday, July 11, 2010



  Officers find drugs, stolen tools, shotgun
Monitor Staff Reports
LOG CABIN–Log Cabin police recovered stolen property from a Log Cabin residence July 2.
While executing a search warrant at 5209 Sam Houston St., officers recovered stolen air conditioners, power tools and a double-barrel shotgun that had been reported stolen from a residence on Tom Hickman June 26.
Officers also found small amounts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, which was seized.
According to a press release, Misty Lynn McCoy, 32, who lives at the residence, was arrested for possession of marijuana and held under a $2,500 bond.
Two other residents, Terry Nolan Proctor Jr., 20, and Clinton Dewayne Shelton, 22, were also arrested on outstanding warrants.
Additional charges of burglary and possession of stolen goods are expected to be filed.

Train strikes man
By Randal Brewer
Monitor Staff Writer

WILLS POINT–A pedestrian was struck by an Amtrak train in Wills Point June 29, and was careflighted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. PedestrianTrain.jpg (130667 bytes)
At approximately 4:30 p.m., Jerry Waldrip, 29, of Wills Point, attempted to cross the railroad tracks west of Highway 80 and Van Zandt County Road 3805.
An Amtrak train was traveling east as it entered Wills Point, but it was unclear at presstime which direction Waldrip was walking when he was struck. He w as found on the westbound tracks, approximately 100 feet west of the intersection.
The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office was called in to investigate, as was the Union Pacific Railroad Police Department.
Witness statements were not available at press time.
Waldrip was in the Intensive Care Unit at Parkland as of 9 p.m. on Tuesday night.

The Monitor wins awards
Monitor Staff Reports
SAN ANTONIO–The Monitor continued its string of state-level awards by bringing home two from the Texas Press Association’s 131st annual convention last month. MonitorTPAawards.jpg (102056 bytes)
Competing in Division 5 (small semi-weekly), The Monitor received a first place plaque for Sports Photo for the fourth straight year, along with fourth place honors for Feature Story.
Contest rules required two images/stories, one from either March or September, 2009, and a second image/story from anytime during the year. Both images/stories are considered as one entry.
Kerry Yancey’s Sports Photo entry included a baseball photo from the April 21 Kemp-Mineola contest, and a football photo from the Sept. 4 Mabank-Athens contest.
The football shot, showing Mabank’s Jesse Fosse forcing an Athens fumble, prompted the judges to comment: “Right place, right time, right photo!”
For the baseball image, showing a cutoff throw getting away from the Mineola second baseman as a Kemp player slides in, judges wrote: “Again, great timing. Picture and good cutline tells the story.”
Judges rated the action, composition and quality of cutline on the two-image entry as “excellent,” and the enterprise/innovation and reproduction “good.”
This is the second time Pearl Cantrell has been commended for featuring writing . She submitted two stories – on the efforts of two local women, Betty Bancroft and Jerene Thompson, to save refuge horses, and a profile of Eustace retired physician’s assistant Ed Zwanziger and his trip to the Galveston area to serve the medical needs of residents displaced by Hurricane Ike.
Judges noted the story on “Mr. Z” was “a solid profile,” while a sidebar on the horse adoptions was “a welcome addition” to the main feature.
Yancey picked up The Monitor’s awards at the TPA convention in San Antonio June 19.
“The sports section provides a way for a newspaper to promote the success of our local youngsters, and thanks to the excellent aid I receive from our area coaches, we have been able to do that,” Yancey said. “Win or lose, the kids are the focus, always.”
“Writing about the good things local people are doing makes being a journalist a joy,” Cantrell said. “Newspapers not only record the day-to-day crime, accidents and mayhem – they record the character of the people in the area.”


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