Thursday, September 20, 2007







Extreme Home Makeover,
Cedar Creek Lake style!

Monitor Photos/Kim Vincent

Vera Laster knew her church was cooking up a fixer-upper for her while she was away this past weekend staying with relatives in Dallas, but she was still stunned at the results of the extreme home makeover of her old, falling-down single-wide on Prichett Lane in Seven Points. Christian Life Center Pastor Barry Boatright (right below) escorts Laster to see the results of their labor of love Monday night. “We just wanted to help her have a safe, clean place to live,” Boatright said.






Drive-by shooting injures woman
Monitor Staff Reports
CHEROKEE SHORES–Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drive-by shooting in Cherokee Shores late Friday.
Resident Kimberly Jones, at 252 Cherokee Shores Dr. heard gunshots fired around 11:25 p.m.
Thinking someone was shooting at her dog, she went outside.
“She heard a shot and felt a burning in her leg,” sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Pat McWilliams told The Monitor.
Investigators found 10 or 12 bullet holes in a pickup tailgate, McWilliams said.
When investigators arrived, they reported the wound, which she had wrapped in a towel, had stopped bleeding. She was transported to ETMC Athens.
“We have no suspects,” McWilliams said. “An older model white car was seen in the area.”
Anyone with information are urged to call investigator Wick Gabbard at (903) 675-5128 or call CrimeStoppers at (903) 675-TIPS (8477).

Garvin awarded Star of Texas
Monitor Staff Reports
AUSTIN–Gov. Rick Perry presented the Star of Texas Award to Kaufman County Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth Garvin in a ceremony at the state capital in Austin Sept. 11.
Deputy Constable Vanessa Clemmo, other support staff and Texas Ranger Richard Shing witnessed the award ceremony.
Garvin was nominated for the prestigious award by Sgt. Jolie Stewart of the Kaufman County Crime Division, who also attended.
Garvin was just one of many peace officers, firefighters and other emergency medical First Responders who received the Star of Texas Award for being injured or killed in the line of duty, including investigator Paul Steven Habelt and deputy Tony Price Ogburn of Henderson County.
Before the awards presentation, Perry gave a very sincere and heartfelt address thanking all the nominees, and reminding those in the audience of the personal sacrifice each of the nominees endured.
Garvin was shot and seriously wounded in the line of duty June 14, 2004.
The incident resulted from a traffic stop just west of Kemp on U.S. Highway 175.
The shooting occured shortly after 5 p.m. when Garvin attempted to detain a Ford SUV reported stolen from a Garland Ford dealership.
As soon as Garvin left his vehicle, he was fired on and hit three times.
Steven Diajanone Jones was apprehended, charged and convicted of attempted capital murder of a peace officer in the incident, and is serving a 99-year sentence.
Garvin was quoted after the awards ceremony on the phone with Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Deller as saying, “I was very humbled to receive this award, and stand next to all those who were also injured or lost their lives. I feel very lucky to be alive.”