Thursday, October 22, 2009








Authorities confiscate dogs and cats
Mabank resident charged with cruelty to animals after SPCA investigation
By Donna Limberger
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–A Mabank woman has been arrested and charged with a felony count of animal cruelty after 26 dogs and three cats were taken from her home on Van Zandt County Road 2724 Friday.
Janice Craft, 54, was arrested in Henderson County Oct. 15 on a felony animal cruelty warrant out of Van Zandt County.
According to a press release from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a SPCA investigator visited the property and began working with Craft to bring her into compliance with the Texas Health and Safety Code, last month.
The investigator returned for the follow-up visit and found conditions worse than they were a month ago.
“We agreed with the SPCA that the animals’ conditions had deteriorated and that immediate action was needed,” said Van Zandt County investigator Chuck Allen.
A custody hearing for the animals will be held later in the week in the Van Zandt County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 Court, Allen said.
If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, the animals will be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case-by-case basis.
“According to the SPCA investigator, at least half of the dogs were underweight, two of the dogs were emaciated, all of the animals are infested with fleas, some have hair loss, and one dog appears to have a severe leg injury,” Allen said.
The animals were transported to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where they will be cared for until the custody hearing.


Boatright family reunion worship service to be held
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–A family reunion like no other is set for Sunday, Oct. 25.
The Boatright family is celebrating five generations of gospel preachers, ministers and musicians, many of them songwriters.
Pastor Barry Boatright will share his family’s long tradition of serving God with those attending the Christian Life Center Church at its 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday.
“We’ll be inviting worshippers to join us in about 19 songs that have been important to our family,” Pastor Barry told The Monitor.
His son Daniel is well-known in the area as the leader of the Christian band Everneed. He also serves as the praise and worship leader.
This family has more than 80 years of serving God and others and that legacy is continuing.
“It all started with grandfather Henry Earnest (H.E.), who at the age of 16 answered the altar call at a church rival meeting and felt led to become a gospel preacher,” Pastor Barry said.
He went from that 1927 meeting and led his brothers to Christ, and they too became preachers, he added.
H.E. established or reopened Pentecostal churches in Whitney, Frost, Italy, Milford, Hillsboro, Coleman, Abilene, Mankin, McKinney, Marble Falls and a dozen other places throughout Texas.
His wife, Banche Hunter, herself from a family of preachers, was reared in Kerens. She is 92 now, and is planning on attending the family reunion service.
In fact, the church is expecting 10 Boatright preachers to attend the reunion.
Pastor Barry’s father, Thurman, along with his mother Margaret, opened the Christian Life Center in Gun Barrel City in 1983. Before that, they held a devotional at the flea market.
Barry became senior pastor in 1999, continuing in his father’s and grandfather’s steps.
With his wife Tanyau, Pastor Boatright has expanded his family by adopting two foster children while the couple continues to foster two other children.
Boatright cousins have served as missionaries to Africa and Mongolia, and a returning missionary is now a professor at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.
In every generation, there have been those especially gifted in musical ability who have ministered in that capacity and written songs of praise and worship.
While preparing for this gathering of Boatrights, Pastor Barry has learned a lot of stories, the most gripping proving that God will always provide.
That has been a theme of the church, having gone through several building programs and expansions.
The 400-active-member church provides a food pantry, children’s daycare and many other outreach programs to the community.
“We just want to continue to grow and serve the community,” Pastor Barry said.
The Boatrights invite everyone in the Cedar Creek Lake area to join them at a very special worship service, celebrating God’s call on this family and their journey of trust in that call.
A luncheon follows the service.


Burglary ring discovered
By Donna Limberger
Monitor Staff Writer

CANTON–Three Van Zandt County residents have been arrested in connection with numerous burglaries across the county, as well as others in Henderson, Hopkins and Kaufman counties.
The arrests follow an investigation by the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office. Property has been recovered, and investigators are in the process of matching that property to burglary reports.
Tiffany Mayne, 21, of Van, was charged with criminal trespass, theft of property, two counts of burglary of a habitation in Hopkins County, engaging in organized criminal activity and one felony count of credit/debit card abuse in Hopkins County.
Arthur Wayne Plachy, 45, Canton, was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, burglary of a building, credit/debit card abuse and burglary of a habitation, all in Hopkins County.
Joshua Keelon Hammond, 28, Canton, was charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation in Hopkins County and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity.
“The investigation into these crimes continues and more charges will be forthcoming,” said Van Zandt County investigator Chuck Allen.
The suspects remain in the Van Zandt County Jail.

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