Thursday, July 17, 2008

     

 

 

 

Kemp man dies in 4-wheeler accident
Scholarship, fund accounts set up at First National Bank of Kemp
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–A collision between two 4-wheelers early Sunday morning took the life of Kemp resident Jeremy Huston Doss, 24.
Doss and Glen Levescy were each riding a 4-wheeler on the eastbound service road of U.S. 175, approaching Harvey’s Exxon in Kemp, when they collided with each other.
“It was a freak, fluke accident,” Doss’ grandfather Clifton Smith Jr. said.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation Kemp Police Chief Richard Clemmo said.
The call came in at 2:17 a.m. and Kemp Officer Damon Smith arrived at 2:20 a.m.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Timothy Phillips assisted.
Doss was transported to Kaufman Presbyterian Hospital. Levescy was transported to Parkland Memorial, Clemmo said.
Doss leaves behind his wife of two years, Kelly (Nabors) Doss and 19-month-old son Lane Huston Doss.
He is the son of Deborah Doss of Kemp and Doug Doss of Kaufman.
“We have sustained a terrible loss. He was a son to me,” Clifton Smith Jr. said.
Doss trained as a welder and recently was employed by an oil company, Flint Energy.
He was a 2003 Kemp High School graduate and the couple lived in the Cap City area, Clifton Smith Jr. said.
Doss spent a lot of time with his grandparents, Clifton Smith Jr. and his wife Jimmie Lou.
“He was a warm and caring young man and his word was his bond. I am so proud of him. He has probably made more friends for a 24-year-old. He had a bubbly personality,” Clifton Smith Jr. explained.
Doss was proud of his family, he added. “He was a wonderful father. He really loved his boy.”
Doss was well-liked by both his classmates and his teachers, career-technology coordinator Marietta Maxwell said.
She explained she had him in two of her classes when he was a student at Kemp High School, the food science class and later a personal development class.
“He was a big kid with a big heart. I don’t think he ever met a stranger. He was always involved, a leader in his classes,” she said.
Those wishing to make a monetary contribution may do so at the First National Bank of Kemp. Two accounts have been opened – one a Lane Doss scholarship account for the 19-month old son, and the second the Jeremy Doss Fund to help Doss’ widow and son with expenses.


Courtesy Photo
Jeremy Doss wearing his welder’s gloves, helmet and visor.

Sheriff Brownlow submits resignation
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–It’s official. Henderson County Sheriff Ronny Brownlow has submitted his written resignation Friday, effective July 31.
Commissioners are expected to appoint an interim sheriff during a special meeting slated for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.
The resignation was not unexpected, Lt. Pat McWilliams said.
Brownlow began his law enforcement career nearly 45 years ago.
“I’ve done everything I’ve wanted to do in law enforcement, at all four levels – city, county, state and federal. I’m really going to miss these people here tremendously,” he told The Monitor in an interview late last year.
Brownlow has requested Chief Deputy Mark Jordan assume the rest of his term, County Judge David Holstein said.
Jordan has served the department for 24 years and is set to retire Dec. 31.
An interim sheriff would serve until the results of the November election can be verified and the winner sworn in.
Republican Ray Nutt and Democrat Bill Casey are candidates for the post.
Brownlow and his wife are out of town on vacation for the next several weeks, McWilliams said.
Brownlow is the son of the legendary J.W. Brownlow, who served as county sheriff longer than any other from 1955-1980.


File photo
Ronny Brownlow

Ethanol good for cars,
not so good for boats

Ethanol tips for boaters
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–More and more gas stations are serving up a blend of ethanol and gasoline, nicknamed gasahol.
While most cars run reasonably well on the blend, infrequent gas fill-ups for antique cars, power tools and older boats don’t work quite as well.
A blended ratio of 10 percent ethanol with gasoline acts as a solvent in older fiberglass and metal tanks .
As the dissolved resins in the fiberglass tank make their way through the fuel line and working parts of the engine, it can foul up carborators and bring motors to a standstill.
In metal tanks, it cleans out the gunk and varnish that’s accumulated over the years and sends those downstream to clog parts. Ethanol also weakens rubber parts such as hoses and gaskets.
Another issue for boaters is the fact that ethanol attracts water, from condensation in the tank and from water vapor entering through the tank vents.
When a fillup is not completely used and sits for periods of time, the fuel can go into phase separation.
The water and dissolved solids in the tank sink to the same level as the fuel intake and when the motor is finally restarted this accumulation can wreck havoc with an outboard engine, explains outdoor writer Angus Phillips in a November, 2007, article.
“When you crank up the motor, the crud is sucked into the carburetor or injectors and plugs things up,” he writes.
BoatU.S. warns boaters that once phase separation has occured in E10 gasoline, additives and water separators can’t help. The only remedy is to have the gas and ethanol/water professionally removed from the tank.
Scott Cook of the Boat Owners Association of the United States confirms ethanol’s solvent properties in older boats.
“We have plenty of evidence of fuel tanks degrading on older vessels to the point that they can totally destroy an engine with sludge,” he said.
“Usually, by the time it degrades to the point of a leak, the engine has conked out or is dead, and someone has realized that something is seriously going on,” Cook said.
While advice from boat mechanics vary on how to compensate for the use of E10 in older boats, using the regular unblended gas seems the best preventative measure.
That’s a measure Lynn’s Marine and Supply recommends to its customers sending them to Causeway Marina on State Highway 334 in Seven Points.
The Monitor has confirmed that Causeway Marina and Don’s Port Marina are serving up regular gas for boats.
“Ethanol is just not good for them,” Christy Bynum of Lynn’s Marine told The Monitor.
“We’ve had two motors we’ve had to replace the tanks on. It’s just better to use gasoline without the ethanol,” she said.
While legislation mandates distribution of the ethanol blend in some states and cities falling under the 1990 Clean Air Act, boats, power tools and planes are not included in this mandate.
Boats and outboard motors engineered after 1986 anticipated the ethanol blend coming into wider use, and are having less trouble making the transition.
Victoria Shirocky of Sevema Park, Md., says her transition was seamless.
“We followed the proper procedures when we made the fuel switch. The tanks were inspected for water, cleaned and ethanol-compatible filters were installed,” Shirocky said.
What to Do?
While advice on what to do varies, here’s what the folks at www.driving ethanol.org/ethanol_vehicles/boating.aspx say about changing to the E10 ethanol blend for boats.
Before switching from regular gas to E10 for the first time, check for the presence of water in the fuel tank. If any is found, dry the tank completely.
Fill your tank as full as possible to limit the flow of air into and out of the vent, thus reducing the chance of adding water to the tank through condensation.
It is critical to minimize water in the gas tank. If too much water is present, it will cause ethanol to separate from the gasoline (phase separation), which can cause stalling and even engine damage.
The Transom Newsletter put out by iBoats.com adds boats with metal tanks should be inspected for signs of corrosion. These and older fiberglass fuel tanks should consider replacement with a new plastic tank.
Polyethylene fuel tanks are not affected by ethanol, age well and are incredibly durable. Any boat with a fiberglass gas tank that was not specifically designed for ethanol, especially ones built before the mid 1980s, are particularly suceptable.
Short of replacement, older fuel tanks should be professionally cleaned beforehand.
Inspect the fuel filter frequently. Stock your boat with extra filters and place the old filter in a metal container to prevent spillage on the deck. Know how to replace the filter in case it clogs while you are on the water.
Replace fuel filters regularly when burning the first several tanks of E10. A 10 micron filter is recommended.
Inspect fuel lines and gaskets throughout the fuel system. The Transon newsletter also recommends tinkering with the idle adjustment screws, high-speed air/fuel adjustments as rough running may occur on switch-over to the newer fuel.
During winter storage or extended storage, boaters from Minnesota (the land of lakes, boasting one boat for every six people) recommend topping off a boat’s fuel tank to 95 percent full to leave room for expansion and to cut down on water accumulation during periods of inactivity.
Also, use a fuel stabilizer. Add it at the time of fill up, anytime the fuel may sit for more than a month.
While this organization recognizes that older boats may “experience significant difficulties with E10 ethanol,” it says these difficulties “affect less than 1 percent of the 13 million registered boat owners in this country.”
Technical advisor for BoatU.S. Bob Adriance says, “We found that once the transition to E10 ethanol is complete and the first few tanks of ethanol-enhanced fuel are run through the system, the issues with E10 are mangeable.
“We’ve also seen that owners who use their boats frequently and cycle through fuel have fewer problems than those whose boats are only accasionally used,” he added.


Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
This sleek high-speed motorboat most likely runs on something with a little
more kick than what ethanol can provide.


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